PARKERSBURG - The Wood County Board of Education will begin the new year searching for a new superintendent.
The board has called a meeting for Jan. 6 to begin the process of selecting a successor for Superintendent Pat Law, who this week announced he would retire when his contract expires at the end of June.
Law on Thursday clarified remarks he'd made at Tuesday's school board meeting, saying he was announcing his retirement, not his resignation.
"I was saying I would resign due to my retirement on June 30," he said. "It was the language I used. It was a little confusing."
Law said his retirement was something he and the board had discussed earlier this year, but Tuesday's announcement made it official and gave board members time to fine his successor. Law also would have the opportunity to train his successor.
"That was the circumstance when I came on board," in 2010, Law said. "I had (former Superintendent) Bill Niday providing me with insight on how things run in the county, and that was very useful to me."
School board President Tim Yeater said in January the board will begin discussing what action it wishes to take. Yeater said the board could opt to conduct the search in-house or it could utilize the West Virginia School Boards Association. The board did the latter when it found and hired Law.
"I've already had emails with Howard O'Cull (executive director of the West Virginia School Boards Association), who we've used in the past," Yeater said Thursday. "I've asked Dr. Law to include that as a discussion item for our Jan. 6 meeting."
Yeater said if the board agrees, O'Cull may be invited to speak at the board's Jan. 14 meeting.
"By the end of January, I would like to have a plan in place," Yeater said.
As of right now there is no "candidate" for the superintendent job, he said.
"There is no one I know of right now within or outside of the system who has expressed any interest in the position," Yeater said. "I've not been approached by anyone, I should say."