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Hardy County schools deal with superintendent’s death

By Staff reports

The assistant superintendent of Hardy County Schools will fill in as superintendent until next summer, after the former superintendent died this week.

Matthew Dotson was found dead in his Moorefield home on Wednesday afternoon, and the Moorefield Police Department is investigating his death. Police Chief Steven Reckart could not be reached Friday.

Dotson died from a single gunshot wound, MetroNews reported, and no foul play is suspected.

The Hardy County Board of Education confirmed Dotson’s death in a statement and said, “Dr. Dotson will be sadly missed by staff and students.”

Dotson’s death will not affect the operations of county schools, according to the statement.

Sheena VanMeter, former assistant superintendent, said she will take on Dotson’s responsibilities. She said county school board members appointed her as the interim superintendent through June 30.

In its own prepared statement, the state Department of Education offered its condolences to Dotson’s friends, family, students and colleagues. “Dr. Dotson was a passionate leader and cared deeply about our students,” the agency said.

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