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Board Votes To Replace Superintendent

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Feb 17, 2021

3-2 vote ousts Toman

The Wetzel County Board of Education on February 11, 2021 at 6 p.m., held a Special Meeting for the discussion and action concerning the renewel of Superintendent Ed Toman’s contract. Board member Jay Yeager led the Pledge of Allegiance and Board President Brian Price gave the invocation. All board members were present.

Price called the meeting to order and made the motion to go into executive session for discussion.

The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

The board entered executive session at 6:05 p.m. and returned at 7:27 p.m. Upon returning from executive session Board President Price made a motion to renew Superintendent Ed Toman’s contract, the motion was seconded by member Yeager. With no discussion on the motion a vote was called for with board members Price and Yeager voting in favor of the motion and members Linda Fonner, Amy Cooley, and Brian Castilow voting not to renew Toman’s contract.

Following the vote board member Yeager made a motion to allow board President Price to begin the search for a new Superintendent. The motion carried unanimously.

The Wetzel Chronicle reached out to Superintendent Toman following the Wetzel County Boards decision not to offer him a contract. Toman a 20 year veteran Superintendent said the board did not offer him a contract to continue here, and his contract with Wetzel County will expire June 30th.

“My job commitment and passion is all about the kids, it always has been and always will be. I am very satisfied with what I have accomplished during my time with Wetzel County. However, when you can no longer make a difference, create systemic change or hold individuals accountable, it is time to go,” Toman said.

He added he has lived and learned the difficulties of the Superintendents leadership role and he understands that change can happen quickly. He said it has been chaotic to live this as a career, but he learned early on you are only as good as your next job allows you to be.

“We know we will survive this as Michelle, Campell and I will begin a new chapter somewhere soon. Our travels have led us to many homes, to numerous beautiful communities, and have brought us a multitude of incredible friends we love and miss from every place we have ever landed. My heartfelt thanks to those who have supported and loved us during this part of our journey here in the place where I grew up and call home,” added Toman.

Following a phone call conversation with the Wetzel Chronicle, Wetzel County Board of Education President Brian Price offered the following statement via e-mail. “The Wetzel County Board of Education held two lengthy executive sessions to address the renewal of Mr. Toman’s contract. By law all personnel matters must be discussed in executive session. You can see by the 2-3 vote that there was disagreement among the Board. The result did not fall as I voted and I wish nothing but the best for Mr. Toman. Now that the decision is made, the Board has the obligation to seek the best possible candidate to lead our Education System.”

The Wetzel Chronicle placed phone calls to three of the other four board members, asking for comment, none of the three returned the calls or sent an email with a statement.

Ed Parsons, Editor of the Wetzel Chronicle contributed to this article.