No decision yet on Capital High principal after BOE meeting

CHARLESTON, W.Va–No decision was made at the Kanawha County Board of Education meeting Thursday night as to who would be the next Capital High School principal, but a hire is expected by the next meeting.

Six candidates were interviewed on Thursday, but no one was immediately offered the position. BOE President Robin Rector said the Kanawha County administration is still reviewing the candidates, but she said a decision should be made at the BOE’s April 27 budget meeting.

“We are expecting they will be ready to make a recommendation to us at our meeting on April 27,” Rector said. “Which is our public meeting on the budget and we’d love to have more people come out and share our interest on the budget process.”

Kanawha County Superintendant of Schools Ron Duerring said curriculum and academics is a top priority as to who they choose.

“We’re looking for somebody who has the leadership ability to move the curriculum forward,” Duerring said. “It is a focused school and we need to improve the academics up there. And we’re looking for somebody that’s open to having the community become involved in the school.”

Rector and Duerring both pointed out that every candidate has their strengths, but some time is needed to determine who the best fit is for Capital.

Capital, one of West Virginia’s largest schools, has been in search of a principal since the resignation two months ago of Clinton Giles. Giles had faced a misdemeanor charge for allegedly delaying to report a sexual assault at the school, which later was dropped.