Kanawha school board to choose new president

Pete Thaw’s stint as president of the Kanawha County Board of Education ended on Thursday.

The board will elect a new president on July 7 — the first meeting of the school system’s fiscal year.

“I would like to thank the board for the opportunity to have served them for the past few years and I thank you very much and I look forward to our future association together. This is a very good board and this board makes very good decisions by and large,” said Thaw, who will continue to serve on the board as a member.

There is nothing in Kanawha County Schools policy that prevents Thaw from being sworn in as president again, but the board’s policy in recent years has been to allow a person to serve in the role for two consecutive years before switching, according to Vice President Robin Rector.

Rector is the only member of the school board who has not served as president in the past, except for temporary member Dennis Davis. Rector has served on the board for seven years and is the director of health education and research at Charleston Area Medical Center.

Thursday also served as Davis’ final day on the board.

Davis took former board member Bill Raglin’s place when he died in November.

Davis will be officially replaced by newcomer Ryan White when he is sworn in on July 7.

White, a Charleston attorney, overwhelmingly won the open seat in May’s primary. Davis did not run for election.

Also at Thursday’s regular meeting, the board approved more construction upgrades for Kanawha County Schools, including a new commons addition at Sissonville High School and a re-roofing project at George Washington High School.

The Sissonville project will cost the board more than $2.7 million and the GW project will cost about $400,000.

The board also approved a new bio-science course at Nitro High School, which integrates concepts of life and physical science.

In addition, a dual credit policy was introduced that will offer more opportunities to high school students in Kanawha County who want to begin college work early.

The school board will meet again in a special session on July 7 at 4 p.m.

Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.mays@wvgazette.com or at 304-348-4814.

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