Revote appoints Williams as next superintendent for Kanawha County Schools

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Dr. Tom Williams has received a new vote appointing him the next superintendent for Kanawha County Schools.

The Kanawha County Board of Education hosted a special session meeting with another vote in the motion to name Dr. Tom Williams as the new superintendent for Kanawha County Schools. The vote 3-2 was in favor to keep Williams as the next superintendent.

“It was important to me because of the two schools that we have in Clendenin to be built and because of the issues that we have already had with FEMA — it was important to me that we get someone in there now,” explained Kanawha County Board of Education member, Tracy White.

The special session brought out a packed house regarding new superintendent appointment. Some voicing their support for Dr. Williams, while other voicing concerns about a lack of process.

The vote comes a week after Williams was originally appointed. He will take over the position July 1, 2020.

“My position never changed, we should have followed a process. Dr. Williams could have been chosen, he could have been the best candidate, but we never even got to interview him,” said Board of Education member, Ric Cavendar.

Dr. Williams has been deputy superintendent for six years. Before that, he served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Kanawha County. He also served as principal of St. Albans High School for ten years and as a teacher there for seven years, among other positions in the system. In total, Williams has been an employee of Kanawha County Schools for 35 years.

Dr. Duerring announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year earlier this month.

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