Five vie for RESA 5 position

PARKERSBURG – Five candidates are vying to become the new executive director of RESA 5.

Officials announced they will interview the five today, chosen from a pool of 21 applicants. Wood County Schools Superintendent Pat Law, chairman of the RESA 5 Board and head of the search committee, said officials will present one of the five finalists as their choice next week to the West Virginia Department of Education.

The finalists are:

* James Brown, superintendent of Raleigh County.

* Pamela Abston, a principal with the state’s Institutional Education department.

* Valerie Harper, a principal in Kanawha County.

* Joe Oliverio, director of elementary education for Wood County Schools.

* David Pastrick, a principal in Preston County.

Law said the West Virginia Board of Education will hire the new director. The search committee received a waiver by the state to conduct the search and interviews locally, he said.

The state board will vote on the hire May 14.

Former Director Ralph Board died in December, leaving officials scrambling to find both an interim and permanent replacement. Karen Brunicardi, who retired as the Wood County Schools director of elementary schools, was appointed as interim director about two weeks after Board’s death.

Brunicardi, who is not part of the search committee, said Wednesday she will step down when the new permanent executive director begins July 1.

RESA 5 provides support services and training for school systems in Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties.