The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 2, 2012

Brown sworn in as Raleigh school superintendent

Raleigh County Commissioner Dave Tolliver swore in Raleigh County’s new Superintendent of Schools James Brown Monday morning.

As a part of his oath, Brown swore to faithfully discharge the duties of the position to his best skill and judgment.

Also during the meeting incumbent board president Richard Snuffer and vice-president Larry Ford were re-elected to their respective positions.

Brown said he has had a level of excitement building up about the position but Monday’s swearing-in gave him the chance to feel “proud to be part of such a good school system.”

Brown said he had been in the office over the weekend and is excited to get started.

After Friday’s storms and power outages, the district will have to address some issues.

Food and other commodities will have to be assessed and losses reported to the insurance company, he said.

“We have already done a quick assessment of all the schools and there is really no substantial damage to facilities. There are some trees down that will be taken care of today, but no damage to the schools, which is always a relief.”

Snuffer said he looks forward to another four years on the board.

“It is a challenging time and an exciting time with a new superintendent and the retirement of so many highly qualified individuals, but I think the board is up to the challenge of leading Raleigh County into the future,” Snuffer commented.

Brown noted that Raleigh County Schools are opening their facilities as emergency shelters as requested by the Emergency Operations Center.

“It is a difficult time for a lot of people and we want to make sure we can be a part of the solution,” he said.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com

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