Special Programs Director Shelby Haines Takes Over In Marshall County at Marshall County Schools Superintendent

Superintendent position goes to 22-year employee

MOUNDSVILLE — Marshall County Schools selected from within the district to find the district’s next superintendent, selecting Special Programs Director Shelby Haines to the position starting in July.

Haines, with a 22-year career at Marshall County Schools, was selected from a pool of applicants on Saturday, with the Board of Education announcing her selection at a brief meeting Thursday evening.

Haines began her career in 1997 as a teacher at Central Elementary School, and has since served in other capacities as a school psychologist and transition specialist. At the time her hiring, she served as the director of Special Programs. That now-vacant role will be posted and filled by next school year.

“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me for this position,” she said. “I know that we have a great faculty, staff, administration, board, community — there’s a lot of things we can do to move the county forward. We just have to remember policy and keep what’s best for kids in our mind, and we’ll do just fine.”

“Shelby is very knowledgeable, she knows our programs, she knows our communities and the people who live in them — she’s a product of Marshall County Schools,” said board President John Miller.

“She’s a calm, trusted voice of reason, who’s helped us work through problems as they arise. We as a board encourage our employees to lead by example, and we’re confident Shelby will exemplify fairness, equality and accountability as we work together daily to regain trust in our education community.”

Haines holds certifications in mathematics, special education, school psychology and education administration, and holds a doctoral degree from West Virginia University in education. Outside Marshall County Schools, she has also worked in higher education at Bethany College, West Liberty University and WVU.

Stanley Stewart will continue to serve as interim superintendent until Haines takes over the position on July 1, at which point her two-year contract will begin. Stewart has served as interim following the resignation of Jeffrey Crook earlier this year.

Board Vice President Christie Robison was unable to disclose how many had applied for the superintendent’s position, but said the board was kept busy all Saturday during the round of interviews they conducted.

“It was a lengthy discussion process,” she said.

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