CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday appointed Rick Hicks to head Preston County Schools, which is operating under state intervention.
Hicks will replace Larry Parsons, who is retiring. Parsons was appointed to lead the county in 2009 following a recommendation by the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA). An OEPA review found serious financial and personnel problems existed in Preston County as well as leadership, facility and curriculum issues.
"Rick, who currently serves as the executive director for the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, was selected for the position because of his experience in rural settings as well as his experience managing a system with limited funds," said state board Vice President Gayle Manchin.
Hicks is an education veteran with 33 years experience, including 25 years in education administration. His experience includes work as a county superintendent, principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor, and English and social studies teacher.
He has a bachelor's and two master's degrees from West Virginia University.
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