Recent WV BOE appointee ‘caught off guard’ by removal

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Recent WV BOE appointee ‘caught off guard’ by removal
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A former West Virginia Board of Education member said Monday that no one told her she was being removed from the board, which saw its vice president resign just last week and all three of its previous officers resign earlier this year.

 Barbara Whitecotton, who was Hardy County’s schools superintendent for eight years, was appointed to the board in January by Gov. Jim Justice. She said she heard the news through a call from someone who noted that the withdrawal was referenced in a Gazette-Mail report.

“It just didn’t make any sense,” Whitecotton said Monday morning. She said she didn’t sleep much Sunday night.

“No one made any communication with me whatsoever,” Whitecotton said. She said she didn’t know of any motive the governor might have had for withdrawing her nomination.

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