UPDATE 1/30/13 @ 7:15 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Wayne County's newest school superintendent spent part of Wednesday afternoon at Vinson Middle School in the Westmoreland area.
It's very familiar territory to Lynn Hurt. She graduated from Vinson more than 40 years ago.
"This is very exciting; it's amazing, actually," Hurt said. "That a kid from Vinson could grow up and end up being the superintendent. I'm honored and thrilled."
Hurt was chosen Tuesday night in a 3-1 vote by the Wayne County School Board. She's no stranger to the diversity of the Wayne County school system, having worked in Tolsia, Wayne, Crum and Kenova during the course of her academic career.
Wayne County's school system is at a crossroads. The county has the attention of the West Virginia School Building Authority, which has two of the county's schools -- Crum Elementary and Kenova Elementary -- on the top of its needs list.
In the fall of 2012, county voters rejected a bond proposal that would have paid for a new school for both communities and made improvements to several others. The SBA had promised to match additional funding, if voters approved the project.
Now, Wayne's newest superintendent says it's time to unite and look at options.
"We need to come together as a community," Hurt said. "We can't afford to wait."
Lynn Hurt, the assistant superintendent of the curriculum, was chosen after Board of Education members spent several hours in executive session.
Mike Ferguson has been serving as interim superintendent after Gary Adkins announced his retirement last October.
The Wayne County Board of Education unanimously chose Ferguson during a meeting Wednesday evening.
Ferguson was the superintendent of Wayne County Schools from 1986 to 1993. He will work the interim job until a permanent superintendent takes over next summer.
Earlier this month, Gary Adkins announced he was retiring at the end of October for health reasons.
After 11 years on the job, Adkins said he will retire for health reasons. He made the announcement at Tuesday night's school board meeting.
While Adkins said it wasn't an easy decision, he said it was the right one.
"I look at it as an honor and a privilege to have led the county school system for this amount of time, and it's very difficult to walk away," Adkins said. "But again, I think that the time is now."
Adkins' last day on the job will be Oct. 31. The board says after that, they will begin the replacement process.
Wayne County Board of Education President Joann Hurley tells WSAZ.com that Gary Adkins will make the official announcement at Tuesday's board meeting.
Hurley says that Adkins is resigning for retirement reasons.
His last day will be Oct. 31.
Hurley says they will post the job and follow state guidelines to fill the position.
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