Upshur County Schools has two new people in leadership roles this year.
Roy Wager replaced Scott Lampinen who retired back in June, but Wager is no stranger to the Upshur County School system.
"Because I had been in this county for many, many years, that I knew all the schools knew all the principals. I knew a lot of the parents in every school, and knew a lot of the kids and for that reason they thought it would be an easier transition," Wager said.
Wager is serving for one year. After this year, he has the option to return or to let the board decide on his future.
Jack Reger replaced David Dilly who took a position with the Braxton County School System. Reger recently served as title one director, and pre-K through elementary curriculum director for Barbour County.
Reger said he's glad to be back home.
"I've always appreciated and loved Upshur County. The community here has a strong support of education and students, the activities the students are in," Reger said.
Both Wager and Reger agree that they want to see students and teachers excel.
"It's going to be a tough year, and I realize that and I hope they realize that, and I think with the positive outlook that I believe a lot of them have this year. I think it will go a long way," Wager said.
"We want to see a school system that's progressive, that is preparing our students for the future. We want to be responsive to needs of the community, the needs of industry as those needs arise. That we're able to produce a skill force college and career ready," Reger said.
Whether the schools in the county are ready or not, busloads of students will be showing up Thursday.