Cook resigns as interim superintendent


By Owen Wells - [email protected]



LOGAN, W.Va. — Interim superintendent of Logan County Schools Suzette Cook has resigned her position.

Cook was sworn in at the August 8 meeting of the Logan County Board of Education.

Cook was hired by the board after the retirement of embattled superintendent Phyllis Doty.

Doty retired July 28 amid a series of allegations of financial misconduct specifically surrounding the wedding of Doty’s son.

Cook officially resigned her position Friday, October 14.

President of the Logan County Board of Education, Paul Hardesty noted, “She gave us notice she was resigning due to health reasons. We really want to thank Ms. Cook for her two months of service to Logan County. She got school off to a tremendous start for us and brought stability. We wish her the best with her health issues and any other endeavors she may have.”

Hardesty noted the school system must remain focused during this time of relative uncertainty.

In an attempt to gain insight into the alleged financial improprieties surrounding Doty’s retirement, special forensic accountants are reportedly combing the board’s finances.

Hardesty added, “There’s a lot of things going on and have been well documented, but we still have to focus on the primary task at hand and that’s educating children. I think we’re going into a better direction. Morale seems to be better with our administrators, teachers and service employees as well. We’ll get through this.”

The board will have a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 19 at their administrative office in West Logan, W.Va. to accept Cook’s resignation and name an acting superintendent.

The board is also currently searching for a permanent superintendent.

By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

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