Marshall County Board of Education Invites Public to Participate in Superintendent Search

File Photo The Marshall County Board of Education is seeking input on the search to replace outgoing Superintendent Michael Hince, pictured.

MOUNDSVILLE — Marshall County Board of Education members are inviting the public to express opinions and concerns concerning the school district’s ongoing superintendent search.

The board, as part of its search for candidates to replace retiring Superintendent Michael Hince, is inviting anyone interested to address them related to desired characteristics, qualities and expectations for the incoming county superintendent.

Portions of tonight’s meeting at 7 p.m. at the board offices on Middle Grave Creek Road, as well as the May 15 board meeting, will be devoted to public comments on the superintendent search.

According to board President Tom Gilbert, a county personnel team, consisting of teachers, principals, service personnel, aides and others have assisted in choosing a superintendent for the past several years, along with a “Pride and Progress” team, consisting of former superintendents, local business owners, booster members and others. He added the upcoming two meetings will be the general public’s first chance to participate in a superintendent search.

“We’re going to ask them what qualities they would like to see, without listing a specific candidate,” Gilbert said. “I think everyone agrees we want to find the right candidate for Marshall County and continue what Mr. Hince has done to keep improving as a district. The public will bring a lot of things in front of the board that we may not have thought of.”

During the meeting, each speaker will be provided three minutes to make comments.

Presenters are encouraged to provide written copies of their remarks to the board, along with any supplemental documents.

In a recent announcement concerning the meetings, the board requested presenters refrain from discussing general county public education topics, the current administration or county board leadership of schools or discussions or comments not related to desired characteristics, qualities and expectations for the incoming county superintendent.î

Gilbert added interviews for superintendent candidates are slated to begin May 20. Hince is scheduled to retire June 30.

The West Virginia School Board Association is assisting with the search.

Additional questions may be directed to the superintendent’s secretary, Tammy Whitlatch, at 304-843-4400, ext. 304, or by email to