WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — Suzette Cook was hired as the interim superintendent of Logan County Schools at the August 8 meeting of the Logan County Board of Education (BOE).
Cook’s hiring comes less than two weeks after the retirement of former superintendent, Phyllis Doty.
The remaining 60 days of Doty’s contract were recently bought out by the board.
At the board’s August 3 meeting, board president Paul Hardesty announced the BOE had been under investigation by the Commission on Special Investigations in Charleston for several months.
“This investigation started long before this board was seated. It started long before the primary election — before the filing period started. This is an ongoing investigation. We ran on the platform of transparency; that is why we sitting here making these decisions…,” noted Hardesty.
While some sources point to allegedly financial improprieties surround the wedding of Doty’s son as a possible cause for the investigation, others say they are worried to see possible wide ranging effects of how far the investigation will go.
Board members unanimously voted to hire Cook as interim superintendent from Aug. 9, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
County Clerk John Turner swore Cook into office.
Hardesty has previously commented he hopes to have a replacement superintendent hired by the beginning of 2017.
Cook has previously worked in Wyoming and McDowell counties and has spent the last three years in the Logan County school system.
Cook has also previously acted as the state director of the Title One program.
While answering questions from the Logan Banner, Cook explained, “I am excited to be here. I am looking forward to helping the board move along and get prepared for the hiring of a permanent superintendent,” Cook noted.
Cook added she looks to improve communication between the BOE and the more than 800 employees of the school system.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]