CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Steve Paine has made a decision for the Logan County Board of Education. Paine named a new member to the board Thursday.

Dr. Steve Paine

Paine appointed Barry Mullins of Harts Creek to replace Paul Hardesty. Hardesty left the Logan BOE for the state Senate back in February after being appointed by Gov. Jim Justice.

The appointment of vacancy on county school board’s falls to county boards of education unless the local board can’t make a decision in a 45-day window and then it kicks to the state school superintendent. That’s what happened in Logan County.

Paine took applications for a couple of weeks and then made his choice.

Mullins is a graduate of Chapmanville High School. He works for Arch Coal. He has two daughters who attend Logan County schools.

“As a board member, I am committed to making sound financial decisions,” Mullins said in a news release. “I look forward to working with fellow board members on increasing student achievement in the face of a pervasive drug epidemic and more of our students living with their grandparents.”