After State Superintendent James Phares stepped into office and out of his position in Randolph County, the Board of Education knew it had some big shoes to fill, but members didn't have to look too far. Assistant Superintendent of Operations Terry George stepped up to the challenge.
"When the opportunity presented itself, I was very excited about the opportunity to come to Randolph County to represent the students and staff and the county as a whole," said George.
George's tenure with the county goes even further back than his recent endeavors.
"I grew up in Coalton, attended Coalton 12 year school, which no longer exists, and went to college, then came back here to teach," said George.
But he didn't stop there. George held several positions over the years.
"[There are a] lot of different offices here that I've worked very closely with," said George. "It gave me a tremendous background."
Last year, 4,272 students attended the 15 schools in Randolph County. George and his staff have big plans for each and every one's academic success.
"...the implementation of the next generation's standards, which will drive our curriculum. We're going to be looking at piling a new online WestTest assessment in the spring..." said George.
George also addressed the possibility of bullying in his schools and how students can anonymously report it.
A former coach, George knows that athletics and other extracurricular activities are also crucial for the success of his students. He's excited about the construction of practice fields at Tygarts Valley High School.
"It's needed at Tygarts Valley because their football and baseball teams share a field, and they need a practice facility so they're not practicing on their playing field every day," said George, who is excited about attending Tygarts Valley's first football game of the year on August 30.
Randolph County students' first day of school is Monday, August 19.