EHS, RTC may share one principal

ELKINS – The recent retirement of two principals leaves empty positions in two adjoining Randolph County schools, but Superintendent of Schools Terry George will ask Board of Education members Monday to consider hiring one principal to head both Elkins High School and the Randolph Technical Center.

George is also asking the board to approve an assistant principal position to cover both schools.

“My primary reason to ask for this restructuring is that both administrators retired at the same time,” George told The Inter-Mountain this week. “For the last 20 years, we have had two building administrators in one building.”

Both EHS principal David Fincham and RTC principal/director Don Johnson retired effective June 30. George said he feels the time is right to advertise for and select one administrator.

“The building holds both schools,” George said. “This administrator will help us fulfill our goal to help students be college- and career-ready. We are looking for someone to lead us in the direction the state has asked us to follow. The timing is right. But the board has to support our recommendation before I can create and post the jobs.”

George said the posting for a principal at Elkins High School has already been completed and interviews were conducted. His recommendation, if accepted at Monday’s 6 p.m. Board of Education meeting, would allow administration to rescind that posting and allow the new position of principal of Elkins High School/Randolph Technical Center to be posted.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Randolph County Commissioner Mike Taylor will conduct a program to swear in newly elected BOE members Janie Newlon and Donna Auvil, along with Lisa Wamsley, who was reelected in the May election.

Also Monday, Jonathan Paine, director of technology, will offer a presentation on the new county website.

Additional information is available by calling the Randolph County Board of Education at 304-636-9150.