New RESA 5 Executive Director Hired

June 24, 2011

Ralph BoardCHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBOE) unanimously voted to hire Ralph Board as the new Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) 5 executive director. Board has served as the principal of Parkersburg High School since 2003. He will begin his new position on July 1 at an annual salary of $94,000.

“Mr. Board brings to the table years of leadership, technology and education experience,” said WVBOE President Priscilla Haden. “We are excited that he has decided to take this next step in his career but most importantly we believe he will be able to enhance the services provided to students and the community.”

There are eight RESAs in West Virginia that establish cooperation between county schools systems and other education-related agencies in an effort to provide educational, health and safety, financial and technology benefits.

RESA 5 serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties by providing technical assistance to low-performing schools and school systems; targeted staff development designed to enhance the performance and progress of students; facilitating cooperation among county boards in purchasing; sharing of specialized personnel, technology; curriculum development; operation of specialized programs for exceptional children: and installing, maintaining and/or repairing technology equipment and software.

Board has been with Wood County Schools since 1984. Prior to 1984, he served as the district executive for the Boy Scouts of America. Board earned his master’s degree from West Virginia University and his undergraduate degree from Glenville State College.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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