Marshall School Chief Selected

MOUNDSVILLE – After interviewing five candidates over the course of two days last month, the Marshall County Board of Education on Thursday selected Michael Hince as the new superintendent of Marshall County Schools.

Hince, who currently serves as the principal at Washington Lands Elementary School, has spent his entire 34 years as an educator in Marshall County. He was one of two local candidates interviewed by the board, along with three candidates from outside of the district.

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Hince graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va., and began searching for jobs. He took a position at John Marshall High School during the 1979-80 school year as an English/language arts teacher. During his 21 years at the school, he also taught advanced composition and literature and worked with the school newspaper.

Outside of the classroom, Hince started the soccer programs at John Marshall and served as coach for three seasons. He said over the course of his teaching career, he also became interested in technology and how it is integrated into learning. He took over as assistant principal in charge of curriculum at the school, a position in which he served for five years.

Seeking a change of pace and an opportunity to run his own building, Hince applied for the principal position at Washington Lands. Although he had no background in elementary education, he said the staff at the school helped him adjust to the learning curve. He has served as principal there for the past eight years.

In accepting the superintendent’s position, Hince said was excited for the challenge and looked forward to working with the board of education, as well as outgoing Superintendent Fred Renzella and Assistant Superintendent Wayne Simms, to get up to speed on the district’s inner-workings.

Earlier this year, Renzella announced his intention to retire June 30. The district hired Howard O’Cull, executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority, to lead the search for a replacement.

Candidates chosen by O’Cull from the application process were interviewed late last month by three separate committees, including teacher and personnel representatives and the board of education. At a board meeting the following week, the board met behind closed doors for nearly three hours before choosing to adjourn without a decision.

An early April deadline had been set for selecting a new superintendent, as the district must also replace other retiring administrative personnel, including the assistant superintendent and personnel director positions.