Calhoun County Superintendent Named Superintendent Of The Year

August 30, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - Calhoun County’s School Superintendent Ron Blankenship has received the highest honor given by his peers by being named West Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year. Blankenship, a long-time Calhoun educator, earned the honor for his long-term commitment to leadership in rural education and acting as an advocate for the smaller, rural counties.  

He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Glenville State College and a master’s degree in educational administration from West Virginia University.  

“Mr. Blankenship is a wonderful example of leadership for a county school system,” said State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine. “The students and faculty of Calhoun County schools are fortunate to have someone such as him in a leadership position.”  

With professional experience as an elementary and secondary teacher and principal, Executive Director of RESA IV, and superintendent of both Gilmer and Calhoun County schools, Blankenship provides a vital link between many organizations that support public education.  

His most recent accomplishment is leading the charge to change the state school funding formula, which would benefit rapidly growing school systems and school systems with declining enrollment, like Calhoun.  

Blankenship holds membership in both the West Virginia Association of school Administrators and the American Association of School Administrators, as well as on the Workforce Investment Board and his Chairmanship of the West Virginia One Step Committee.  

In addition to his dedication to education, Blankenship has also served for nearly 35 years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is the Commander of the 8th Quartermaster Battalion in Charleston, West Virginia.  

For more information about Mr. Ron Blankenship, contact Calhoun County Schools at (304) 354-7011  


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