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Kanawha Co. School Board Elects New President, Swears In New Member

Reported by: Send eMail Kera Mashek
Videographer: Shelby Spradling
Reported: Jul. 7, 2014 9:29 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 7, 2014 10:28 PM EDT
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Kanawha County Schools have a new leader. For the first time in four years, the school board has elected a new president and a new member was also sworn in Monday night.

Robin Rector is a familiar face on the school board, now in her second term. She's now been chosen to serve as board president, taking that position from Pete Thaw, who will continue serving as a board member. As her two-year leadership term begins, she will have a new board member to work with and no shortage of issues to tackle.

Ryan White is a Charleston attorney and now officially the newest member of the Kanawha County School board. White actually won the most votes in the may election and is ready to get to work.

"The first thing I think we need to do is establish a committee that looks at ways to communicate better in getting parents involved and community members involved so that our educational system has the support of the community and gets more financial backing and gets our kids to have a better educational experience," said Ryan White, Kanawha Co. School Board member.

Monday night, White helped nominate Robin Rector to serve as board president for the next two years. Rector says she's humbled to lead the board and knows there will be plenty of challenges ahead, especially when it comes to balancing the budget while also providing for growing needs.

"We have to get devices in learner's hands, devices so they can learn to utilize that technology. But we do have the struggle of also keeping our facilities up to date and other components of our learning active and alive with the fiscal responsibility we have. We're not unique. Many places across the country are facing the same kind of fiscal restraints that we are looking at. We just have to keep working," said Rector.

Rector says there is no talk of the school district running another levy to help fund its shortfalls and that the board will do its best to work with the resources it has. Cuts have already been made to reduce staffing, energy costs and travel expenses and more could be coming.

"You start looking at all those kinds of opportunities that you have and you retrench and you hope that it doesn't have really hard effects, but we'll wait and we'll see," said Rector.



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