Wood BOE offers superintendent’s job to Ripley High principal

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will offer Will Hosaflook, principal of Ripley High School, the position of Wood County Schools superintendent.

The board gathered in a closed door session Tuesday with Howard O’Cull, executive director of the West Virginia School Boards Association, to review four finalists. The executive session lasted for nearly two hours and board President Lawrence Hasbargen announced the selection when the board returned to open session.

Hasbargen said Hosaflook was contacted by the board Tuesday evening, and the hiring is contingent upon the board vote, his accepting the position and successful contract negotiation.

Hosaflook was one of four candidates for the superintendent position. The board will officially vote on Hosaflook at its May 22 meeting. If accepted, Hosaflook’s contract would begin July 1, Hasbargen said.

“I am elated. It’s been a dream of mine to be a superintendent in a great school system like Wood County,” Hosaflook said Tuesday. “I hope the school system and the entire community can come together to move Wood County Schools forward. I’ve talked to more than a dozen Wood County administrators in the past two weeks, and I think they are doing great things in their schools, the students are doing great things. I’m very excited to get the word out about all the great things going on in Wood County Schools.”

In February, the board voted not to renew Superintendent John Flint’s contract. Flint’s contract ends June 30 and the school board must appoint a new superintendent by June 1.

A dozen candidates applied for the superintendent position, and the board narrowed that list down five names. One of those applicants, James Brown, director of curriculum and instruction for Pleasants County Schools, accepted a superintendent’s position with Ritchie County Schools.

The remaining finalists — Hosaflook; Eddie Campbell Jr., superintendent of Tucker County Schools; John McKown, curriculum coordinator for Wood County Schools; and Jeff Woofter, superintendent of Barbour County Schools — were interviewed Saturday at the board office.

No members of the public addressed the board during Tuesday’s special meeting.

The school board’s next regular meeting is May 22.

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