West Virginia Department of Education Welcomes New RESA Director

May 10, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBOE) announced on Wednesday that a long-time Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) employee will take the reins of RESA III. Kelly Watts has been hired as the executive director of RESA III. She has served as the RESA II Assistant Executive and Program Development Director since 2005.

Kelly WattsAs the assistant executive and program development director, Watts was responsible for the management and supervision of the program development, regional health/wellness and special education departments. Prior to her work with RESA II, Watts worked for the Wayne County Board of Education in different positions from 1995 to 2005.Watts has also served as an adjutant professor for Marshall University Graduate College since 2006.

There are eight RESAs throughout West Virginia. Their mission is to provide high quality, cost effective, life-long education programs and services to students, schools, school systems and communities. RESAs play an important role in offering:

  • technical assistance to low performing schools;
  • high quality professional development;
  • training services to state agencies, emergency first responders and the private industry; and
  • technology repair and training to school districts.

RESA III serves a four-county region. These counties include Boone, Clay, Kanawha and Putnam. Watts will replace Chuck Nichols upon his retirement at the end of June 2012.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communication at (304)-558-2699.

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