Ohio County Board of Education Swears In New Members

Photo Provided The Ohio County Board of Education poses for a photo after new board members Molly Aderholt and David Croft took the oath of office. Seated, from left, are Aderholt, board President Zach Abraham and Sarah Koegler. Standing are Croft and Christine Carder, a returning board member who won re-election in May.

The Ohio County Board of Education welcomed two new members during a special session held Monday.

Molly Aderholt and David Croft were sworn in by First Judicial Circuit Court Judge David J. Sims during the board’s reorganizational meeting held at the Ohio County Board of Education Office. The new members were elected to the board in May, and they replace former members Tim Birch and Shane Mallett.

Aderholt is a Wheeling attorney. She and her husband, John, have three children — Annalese, a student at Wheeling Park High School; Lucy, a student at Triadelphia Middle School; and Isaac, who attends Steenrod Elementary School. Aderholt is a native of Billings, Montana, and attended high school in Charles County, Maryland. She received an undergraduate degree from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and a law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law.

She is currently a board member for the Young Life Mountaineer Region and serves on the Steenrod PTA Executive Committee. She previously served on the Local School Improvement Council and was a board member for the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley. The Aderholts have lived in Wheeling since 2010.

Croft grew up in Wheeling and graduated from Wheeling Park High School. He has practiced law for the past 19 years and is a member of the law firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC.

Croft and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in Wheeling since 1999. They have four children who have either gone through or currently are students in Ohio County schools: Amber Garlitz graduated from Wheeling Park High School in 2009 and resides in Lawton, Oklahoma; Taylor Croft graduated from Wheeling Park High School in 2011 and is finishing her final semester of physical therapy school at West Virginia University; David M. Croft is a junior at Wheeling Park High School; and Emily Croft is a sophomore at Wheeling Park High School.

Croft received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1989 from West Liberty University and his law degree in 1999 from the West Virginia University College of Law.

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