4 finalists left in running for Wood Co. superintendent

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday evening announced four finalists for the Wood County Schools superintendent position.

Board President Tim Yeater announced Ronald B. Cantley II, John Flint, Thomas Graves and Kenneth Moles would move on in the process to replace retiring Superintendent Pat Law, whose contract ends in June.

The school board met in executive session around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, spending more than two hours behind closed doors reviewing the six candidates and selecting finalists.

Cantley is the director of operations for Fayette County Schools in Fayetteville, W.Va. Cantley has been an educator for 32 years, having worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal, primarily in the Beckley, W.Va., area.

In 2004 he became assistant administrator in charge of curriculum and instruction for the Raleigh County Schools Special Education Department. He left that position in 2010 to become the director of operations in Fayette County and still serves in that position.

Cantley has a bachelor’s degree from Concord University in physical education grades 7-12 with a minor in general science grades 7-12, and a master’s degree plus 45 hours from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies in educational administration.

Flint is a retired Wood County Schools teacher and administrator. Flint worked as a teacher at then-Hamilton Junior High School from 1981-1888. In 1988 he became an assistant principal at Hamilton, continuing in that position for a year. In 1989 he became an assistant principal and athletic director at Parkersburg South High School until his retirement in 2006.

Flint has a degree in social studies with a minor in health and physical education from Glenville State College and a degree in education administration from West Virginia University.

Graves is a principal in Russell County Schools in Lebanon, Va. Graves has worked as an education consultant from 1999-2005 and from 2010 through the present, as well as serving as director of facilities and logistics and as an assistant superintendent for Washington County Schools from 2005-06 and 2006-10, respectively. Graves has experience as a teacher, principal, superintendent and criminal investigator.

Graves has a doctorate in educational foundations, leadership and technology from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., as well as master’s degrees in educational administration, counseling psychology, and secondary education science from Auburn University.

Moles is an assistant superintendent at Raleigh County Schools in Beckley. Moles served as assistant principal and principal at Auburn Elementary School in Riner, Va., from 2003-09. He served as assistant director and coordinator of Title I and school improvement from 2009-12 for the West Virginia Department of Education in Charleston. In 2012 he became an assistant superintendent in Raleigh County.

Moles has a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in social studies from Concord College in Athens, a master’s degree in education from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Va., and an education specialist degree from Virginia Polytechnic.

The board passed over two of the six applicants. Derrick Sutherland, a vice principal at Foothills Christian High School in El Cajon, Calif., and Joe Oliverio, director of elementary schools for Wood County Schools, were not chosen as finalists.

The public will meet the finalists during a public forum at 10 a.m. Saturday in Parkersburg South High School’s Little Theater.

The school board will conduct closed-door interviews with the finalists beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 2. The board hopes to have its final choice announced no later than April 8.