Upshur Board looks to fill vacancy

Officials look to fill board vacancy

BUCKHANNON — Because of a recently vacated seat, the Upshur County Board of Education is on the hunt for a new appointee.

Former Board of Education member Carl Martin announced his desire to run for House of Delegates during the Dec. 12 board meeting, prompting him to resign from his position on the board.

Now, the remaining members of the Upshur County Board of Education are asking for letters of interest from community members who would like to be considered to serve the remaining portion of Martin’s term.

West Virginia State Code calls for the board to appoint someone to fill the vacancy, according to a news release issued by the Upshur County BOE.

“(We) want to make sure that we’ve considered all those interested in filling this important position,” officials say in the release.

Appointed members must meet the same qualifications as a regular candidate for a county Board of Education member. Those requirements can be found in WV State Code 18-5-1a.

Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with the requirements before applying.

Board members cannot appoint a new member from Magisterial District 3 because the maximum amount of representatives already has been met for that district, according to information from the BOE.

Eligible citizens interested in the position can submit a letter of interest detailing qualifications to Upshur County School Superintendent Roy Wager via email to a or U. S. mail or hand delivery to 102 Smithfield St., Buckhannon, WV 26201. Letters must be received by 4 p.m. Jan. 18.

The selected member, upon the board’s appointment, will serve through June 30, 2018.

Anyone expressing interest should note that his or her name could be released publicly during or after the conclusion of the appointment process.