LOGAN, W.Va. — During their meeting March 2, the Logan County Board of Education voted to hire Patricia Lucas at the board’s superintendent.
Lucas was sworn in as interim-superintendent Oct. 27, 2016 after then interim-superintendent Suzette Cooke resigned Oct 14, 2016.
Logan County has not had a regular superintendent since the embattled former superintendent Phyllis Doty retired July 28, 2016.
Suzzette Cook was hired as interim superintendent at the board’s first meeting in August 2016.
Cooke resigned from her position Oct. 14, 2016, and Lucas was officially hired as interim superintendent Nov. 1, 2016.
At Feb. 9, 2017 meeting of the LCBOE, it was decided the board would begin to negotiate a potential contract to hire Lucas as the regular superintendent.
At the February 9 meeting, board president Paul Hardesty explained, “Mrs. Lucas came to our school in a time of stress in an interim position. Over the past 90 days, we’ve had the pleasure of working with [Lucas]. She has handled every situation presented to her in a professional manner, and I am proud of that. She has brought stability to a school system to a school system which, in my opinion, over the last three years had no administrative leadership whatsoever. She knows the school system inside and out.”
Hardesty estimated a new superintendent would take at least seven months to acclimate to the job noting he believed the school system could not wait seven months for proper leadership.
Lucas’ current contract has interim superintendent runs out June 30, 2017, and her new contract as superintendent picks up the next day and runs until June, 30, 2019.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]