WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Wayne County Schools Superintendent Lynn Hurt announced at Tuesday’s board meeting that she’ll be retiring at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, according to a news release from Wayne County Schools.
Hurt’s decision was accepted by board members, who were adamant that she has put the school system on the right path.
“(She) is a strong leader with an exceptional work ethic,” said board president Joann Hurley in the prepared release. “She has met challenges and overcome obstacles that few administrators ever face. Her determination and enthusiasm have taken us in a new direction.”
Hurt said she is completing her 40th year in public service – the first 15 in law enforcement and the last 25 with the Wayne County school system. She said she wants to spend more time with her family.
But she is adamant that retirement parties will have to wait, promising her efforts will be focused on the passage of the bond that board members also approved Tuesday to be put on the May 13 Primary Election ballot.
“It has been my privilege to serve this county, but we still have much work to do,” Hurt said. “Passing a bond for new and renovated buildings is at the top of the list. As we move toward May, we must have people in place who have been at the table from the beginning so that these projects will proceed as planned. The county isn’t about one person; it’s about our communities working together with the board of education and the central office to move education forward.”
Hurt was named superintendent in January 2013, becoming the first woman to hold that position in Wayne County. She had been an assistant superintendent for about seven months before becoming superintendent. Before that, Hurt, held several central office positions, including director of elementary schools and director of middle schools and assessment.
She also served as an assistant principal at Tolsia High School and Spring Valley High School, principal at Tolsia High School, Dunlow Elementary and Kenova Elementary and taught in several schools as well.
Hurt's career began in law enforcement, where she worked as a police officer for the Huntington Police Department. But she left to attend school and earn a degree in education. Her first job was teaching at Crum Middle School, one of the schools that would be replaced if the $18 million bond passes. Another new school on that bond is for a Ceredo-Kenova Elementary. Kenova also is close to her heart, having been a principal there for several years.
The other project on the bond is safety renovations and additional classrooms at Wayne High School, the community she resides in with her husband, Al.
“She has done a great job in helping turn everything around for the better and a lot of people will tell you that,” said Rob Pennington, vice president of the board of education. “
“I don't think anyone could have handled the challenges that this county has had any better than Lynn Hurt,” said board member Vickey Trautwein-Boyd. “She has always kept our children her main focus, and future generations will benefit from the time she has spent as superintendent. Wayne County is now a better place because of her contribution to education.”