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Toman Announced As Superintendent

By Staff | Jun 27, 2016

At a special meeting held Monday, June 27, the Wetzel County Board of Education announced that Ed Toman will serve as Wetzel County Schools’ superintendent.

The announcement came after the board interviewed two candidates, including Toman, at a meeting held Tuesday, June 21.

At Monday evening’s meeting, President Blair stated that Toman was expected to be released that evening from his position as superintendent of Ritchie County Schools.

Toman will would be entering into a one year, $125,000 contract with the board of education. His first day on the job will be July 1, 2016.

The other candidate interviewed on June 21 was Rick Coffman, superintendent of Doddridge County Schools.

It had been anticipated that the board was also going to interview Wetzel County Schools Assistant Superintendent Jay Yeager. However, Board President Mike Blair then read a letter from Yeager, in which Yeager requested that his name be removed from consideration.

Via the letter, Yeager stated that he would begin his retirement and described the other two candidates as “outstanding,” saying either would be “excellent” for the job as Wetzel County Schools’ superintendent. Yeager further said Wetzel County Schools was “one of the finest school systems and one of the best to work in.”

During his interview with the board, Toman, a Paden City graduate, had noted that he was excited at the prospect of returning to the Ohio Valley.

“There’s nothing like the Valley. The Ohio Valley is my home,” he said.

“To be superintendent and to come back to the community we have, my connection out at Hundred and the friendships I have out that way, and to Valley and Paden City… it would be incredible,” Toman had said.

As for his superintendent skills, Toman stressed he was “transparent and honest.”

“Sometimes that gets you in trouble, but the truth is always to be known,” he said.