New state board members target A through F policy
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s state school board has a new president and vice president, four new members and another still to come — plus the desire to upend the A through F school grading system the previous incarnation of the board put into place just last fall.
This all happened at an emergency meeting called because previous board president Mike Green and vice president Lloyd Jackson resigned immediately Tuesday evening, indicating their ideas don’t align with the vision of new Gov. Jim Justice.
The prior week, Justice had named three new board members all at once, filling two vacancies plus another he had created by naming board member Bill White to direct the state Office of Minority Affairs.
On Wednesday evening, Justice named new board member Dave Perry, a longtime Fayette County educator and state delegate, to join his previous three appointees — Miller Hall of Raleigh County, Barbara Whitecotton of Hardy County and Chuck Hatfield of Putnam County.
So Justice has named four new members of the 9 voting members of the state school board, all within the first two weeks of his administration — and still has one more to name.