It was also announced that the entire Board would participate on the superintendent search committee. The Board would like to have a new superintendent in place by the time State Superintendent David Stewart retires. Board members expect to meet in the near future to hammer out specific job requirements for the new superintendent.
State Superintendent David Stewart announced his retirement last month. He will continue to serve in his current capacity until June 2005. Stewart began his career in education in 1972 as an elementary teacher and later served as an elementary school principal. Dr. Stewart worked in West Virginia and Delaware for more than 15 years in the areas of purchasing, finance, business, accounting and as treasurer. In 1990, he became assistant superintendent for a county school system in West Virginia and was named a county superintendent in 1993.
Prior to becoming state superintendent of schools in March 2000, Dr. Stewart served as assistant superintendent in charge of administrative services for the West Virginia Department of Education, beginning in 1998. He also worked as an assistant division chief at the Department from 1993-96.
During the April board meeting, the Board of Education and other education stakeholders expressed their thoughts about Dr. Stewart’s service to education.
“It is with reluctance that we accepted Dr. Stewart’s resignation today,” said Board President Barbara Fish. “His performance is laudable, he is easy to work with and I will miss his wisdom. “
“I have been on the Board of Education for a number of years and when I think back I realize that the Board and Department has been extremely dynamic in the last four years,” said veteran Board Member Paul Morris. “I think we have made significant progress in education and I contribute that to Dr. Stewart. It has been a privilege to work with him.”
“Dr. Stewart has always been willing to give straight answers. His diligence and patience is unparalleled,” said Board Member Shelia Hamilton. “If you can work with nine different Board Members, you can do anything. Thank you for being a friend and a leader.”
“Under Dr. Stewart’s leadership, we have focused on the key aspects of education … improving learning for all kids!” said Wood County Superintendent Bill Niday.
“I would like to say publicly that since Dr. Stewart has been at the helm of the Department his door has always been open to the West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) and that is greatly appreciated,” said WVEA President Tom Lange.