Priscilla Haden, president of the West Virginia Board of Education, recently visited the RESA 8 Council. Each member of the state BOE visits a RESA, and Haden selected RESA 8.
Present were representatives from all eight RESA 8 counties. Those attending from Berkeley County were board Chairman William Queen and Superintendent Manny Arvon; from Grant County was Superintendent DeEdra Lundeen; from Hampshire County were board member Linda Baker and Superintendent Robin Lewis; from Hardy County were board member Margaret Shriver and Superintendent Barbara Whitecotton; from Jefferson County were Vice Chairman Alan Sturm and Superintendent Susan Wall; from Mineral County were board member Terry Larue and Superintendent Tilden "Skip" Hackworth; from Morgan County were board member David Ambrose and Superintendent David Banks; from Pendleton County were board members Rick Gillespie and Sonny O'Neil and Superintendent Doug Lambert; and from Shepherd University were Russell Porter and Douglas Smith.
Those in attendance from the RESA 8 office were Diane Ansari, Beverly Baccala and Jane Lynch, while Pat Homberg and Ben Shew attended from the West Virginia Department of Education. Brian Collis, Kathy Collis, Matthew Collis and Joseph Hutten Jr. were in attendance to support scholarship recipients Joseph Collis and Jessica Hutten.
There are eight Regional Education Service Agencies in West Virginia. Each RESA is charged with providing education services such as working with counties for school improvement, staff development, cooperative purchasing and computer repair.
"It was great to have Mrs. Haden visit the office and see the progress of our programs. It was wonderful to have an opportunity to showcase our work and demonstrate the community support of RESA 8," said Executive Director Jane Lynch.
Dr. Douglas Smith, professor at Shepherd University, has been a RESA 8 member since its inception. "RESA is one of the less publicized and most effective vehicles for bringing education, health services and family support to the region. It has touched thousands of people's lives since its beginnings in the late 1960s. I am honored to have served on the RESA board for 37 years representing both WVU and Shepherd University," Smith said.
More information about RESA 8 is available on the website at www.resa8.org.