Wirt County BOE to repost superintendent’s position

ELIZABETH – Wirt County School officials will repost the vacancy for school superintendent.

Board of education officials met Thursday night to discuss the possible extension of their search for a new superintendent. The previous advertisements for the post attracted only two applicants. Board President Jim Rader said one of those applicants has accepted a principal’s job in another county. The other applicant was rejected.

“We are putting the superintendent job back out to bid,” Rader said Friday.

Officials are making no changes to the job qualifications, Rader said. He’s hoping the three-week posting will attract a pool of qualified candidates. Rader is hoping a better, broader advertising of the post will lure candidates. In addition to area and state newspapers, Rader said the job will be posted through several educational service websites.

He also thinks the school system’s search may have been hindered by a superintendent search in nearby Braxton County.

Rader said board members have not considered requesting out-going superintendent Dan Metz, to unretire.

In January, Metz was given a one-year contract and a raise by board members. Metz’s contract was approved by a 3-2 vote.

The one-year deal bumped his pay from almost $89,000 to $91,357. Wirt has the smallest population of any county in West Virginia and one of the smallest school systems in the state. Rader said the pay scale is negotiable depending on the applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Rader said Metz is willing to remain with the school system until someone else is found. The 55-year-old Metz is eligible for retirement in August.

“But he’s ready to retire,” Rader said.