Cochran reconsiders position leading West Virginia Schools of the Deaf and the Blind

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Webster County School Superintendent Scott Cochran has reconsidered his decision to accept the position of Superintendent for the West Virginia Schools of the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB).

The West Virginia Department of Education announced the decision on Tuesday, stating that Cochran’s decision is based was based on his ability to remain close and available to his family.

Cochran was selected by the state Board of Education following interviews Friday in Charleston.

Scott Cochran

“Mr. Cochran has spent his professional career focused on the academic, social-emotional, and overall needs of West Virginia’s children,” said West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) President Miller Hall. “While the Board is disappointed, we fully understand why he made this difficult decision.”

“I’d like to thank the State Board for this opportunity,” Cochran said. “I will continue my journey in Webster County to provide rewarding opportunities for all students, while being present and available for my family which is the driving force of my life.”

Pat Homberg, West Virginia Department of Education Liaison to the WVSDB, has agreed to remain in the position until further decisions are made. The WVBE will address the vacancy at its August meeting, per a news release.

Cochran has been the superintendent in Webster County for the last six years. He graduated from Glenville State and holds a master’s degree from WVU. Cochran earned a certification in Special Education from Ohio Valley College.

He was scheduled to start at the WVSDB on August 12.

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