Wirt schedules superintendent interview series

ELIZABETH – The Wirt County Board of Education will conduct interviews of five candidates seeking to become the school system’s next superintendent.

About a dozen applications have been submitted to replace out-going Superintendent Dan Metz. Board members will conduct interviews with five candidates over a two-day period on Thursday and Friday.

Applicants slated for interviews are:

* Michael Cutright, Ed.D., director of the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center in Buckhannon, which serves students from Barbour, Lewis and Upshur Counties.

* Cindy Jo Johnston, a full-time substitute teacher with Federal Hocking Schools. Johnston has various certifications for elementary education, principal and superintendent.

* Vickie J. Hyre, improvement specialist, Wood County Schools.

* Scottie Billiter, Ed.D., assistant principal, Letcher County (Ky) Central High School.

* MaryJane Pope Albin, school improvement specialist, RESA 1.

The board decided last month to extend its search for a new superintendent after the initial advertisement produced only two applicants. Metz, who was scheduled to retire from the position Aug. 1, will remain on the job until a replacement is found.

Wirt is the smallest county in West Virginia and one of the smallest school systems in the state.

In January, Metz was given a one-year contract and a raise by board members. The one-year deal bumped his pay from almost $89,000 to $91,357.

Board President Jim Rader said the pay scale is negotiable depending on the applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Interviews will be conducted at the central office and in executive session. The state School Board Association is coordinating the search process.