State Board Names Temple as Superintendent in Mingo County

May 10, 2001

David A. Temple, assistant superintendent of Mingo County Schools, has been named superintendent of the system, beginning July 1.  

He replaces John T. Mattern, who will be leaving to become superintendent of Upshur County Schools on the same date.  

“Under Mr. Mattern’s leadership, Mingo County Schools has made steady, significant progress,” said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart, who recommended to the State Board during its monthly meeting today that Temple be named to the position. “In voting to accept my recommendation, members of the State Board believe that Mr. Temple will continue the progress experienced by the system during the past three years.”  

Temple was elected as superintendent for a period of three years beginning July 1, at an annual salary of $85,000. For most of the past three years, he served as the assistant superintendent in Mingo County. Mattern was appointed by the State Board in February 1998 to oversee Mingo County Schools, after the State Board voted to take financial and supervisory control of the system.  

Dr. Stewart said he will encourage the State Board to return the system to the control of the local Board once the positive attitude and consistent focus on quality instruction become more deeply entrenched in the day-to-day operations of the system and the system meets the standards for return set by the State Board in 1998.

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