Moles withdraws from search

PARKERSBURG – An assistant superintendent in Raleigh County Schools has withdrawn from consideration as the next superintendent of Wood County Schools.

Kenneth Moles sent an email early Tuesday morning notifying the board of education he was withdrawing, said Tim Yeater, president of the Wood County Board of Education.

When contacted Tuesday at Raleigh County Schools, Moles said his decision was made based on family.

“I have a wife and two children. We try to do most things as a family and make decisions as a family,” he said. “After really reflecting and discussing the situation, we decided it was not the right time for this move.”

Moles was one of four finalists to succeed Pat Law, who is leaving this summer.

“It had nothing to do with the process or Wood County Schools. It was nothing negative whatsoever. My wife and I just decided now was not the time for me to move into a superintendent seat,” Moles said.

Moles said he had previously worked with Wood County Schools and at several area elementary schools through his role at the West Virginia Department of Education in the Office of Title I and School Improvement.

“It was an honor to be selected as a finalist,” he said. “Those are good people there and I really was honored to be chosen.”

Yeater said he was disappointed Moles withdrew, but said he respected Moles’ decision.

“He was obviously a very well-qualified, well-liked candidate,” Yeater said. “His reputation at the state level preceded him.”

The board was set to interview Moles and three other candidates on Tuesday. Yeater said the board will move forward interviewing Ronald B. Cantley II, an assistant superintendent in Fayette County, W.Va.; John Flint, a retired Wood County Schools administrator, and Thomas Graves, a principal in Russell County, Va. The closed-door interviews began at 5:30 p.m.