Board Begins Super Search

The executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority will lead the search for the next superintendent of Marshall County Schools.

The board of education recently approved Howard O’Cull to lead the search, which already is under way. Board members said they hope to have the position filled by April.

Superintendent Fred Renzella announced last month his intentions to retire, effective June 30. He declined to stay for an additional year as requested by the board.

Renzella has served as the district’s superintendent for nine years. Prior to becoming superintendent, Renzella taught social studies for a year at the former Moundsville High School, then was appointed principal of the former J.T. King Elementary School, which served students requiring special education. From 1966 to 1984, he, along with the ”King School family” designed and implemented Marshall County’s first official special education program. In 1984, he became the county’s Director of special education and attendance.

The board has discussed the hiring process, which was to begin with a three-week posting of the position. Once O’Cull has a chance to review all applicants, he will make recommendations to the board.

Additionally, the board will decide what other organizations and groups within the district will have a chance to provide input and ask questions of the final candidates. However, despite the outside involvement, board President Roger Lewicki said the board will make the final decision on who is hired.

In addition to the superintendent position, the board will also look to replace the assistant superintendent, personnel director and attendance director positions, which will all open due to retirements this summer.

No timeline was given for filling those positions, though that work will occur after a new superintendent is chosen.

Lewicki announced during a board meeting Tuesday that the deadline for applications is March 12. Top candidates will be interviewed March 23 by three different committees, and the new superintendent will officially begin employment April 5, he said.

Lewicki said the committees will include school administrators, service personnel and community leaders.

Staff Writer Dan Dorsch contributed to this report.