FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Incoming Superintendent Terry George said he’s excited about his new job even though Fayette County Schools faces consolidation and renovation challenges at numerous campuses.
“I’m interested in moving in and having the opportunity to look at a long term solution for some of the issues in Fayette County,” George told MetroNews after being appointed by state School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano to replace Serena Starcher, who is returning to the state Department of Education.
George arrives from Randolph County just after Fayette voters rejected a $39 million bond issue. The county has major issues with facilities, something George said cannot be solved overnight.
“I’m just looking forward to meeting everyone, sitting down, listening,” he said, “I’m getting an opportunity to talk to people to find out what their interests are, what their concerns are, and what they would like to see happen to the school system in Fayette County.”
George spent last weekend looking for housing in the Fayetteville area. He said he told Martirano he was interested in staying for the long haul to get the system headed in the right direction.
“I’ve met some of the people in the county central office. I think they’re just fantastic people. I’m looking forward to getting an opportunity to work with them,” George said.
George officially begins the new job July 1 but indicated he plans to start a few days early.