Roach, 58, also is a former Milken Award winner, principal and teacher who brings more than 30 years of education experience in curriculum development, transportation, facilities planning and other areas to Lincoln County. He also brings a history of working well with service personnel, teachers and staff.
“David brings a great deal of leadership experience to the table,” Paine said. “His expertise in curriculum is impressive and I am confident he is the right choice to help Lincoln County continue on the path of improvement.”
The West Virginia Board of Education made the difficult decision to seize Lincoln County schools in 2000 after some 200 deficiencies were cited by the Office of Education Performance Audits. Since the takeover, Lincoln County has seen improvements in hiring practices, teacher certification and curriculum and instruction, as well as other areas. The county is one of only three statewide to host a Chinese Guest Teacher. Plans also are in the works to add universal preschool next year.
The county saw the opening of a new Lincoln County High School last fall. Outfitted with the latest technology, the school has exposed students who formerly attended Duval, Hamlin, Harts and Guyan Valley to courses and programs they never had access to before. Already, several top artists have performed at the school’s auditorium in Hamlin, including West Virginia native Kathy Mattea and Loretta Lynn.
“I’m looking forward to working with the staff, the county board and the community to move forward on the county’s strategic plan,” Roach said. “Our mission is to raise student achievement and I am committed to doing just that.”
Roach, who begins his new role July 1, will be the third superintendent in Lincoln County since the state intervened. Anne Seaver announced her retirement earlier this year after replacing William Grizzell last year when he retired.
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro, director of the Office of Communications, at (304) 558-2699.