UPDATE 7/22/14 @ 11:40 p.m.
WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sandra Pertee, the new superintendent of Wayne County Schools, officially signed a new deal on Tuesday to lead the district for the next year.
The Board elected Pertee to the position on Monday night.
Pertee has spent her entire career in the Wayne School District, most recently serving as the director of career and technical education.
Pertee said she believes it takes everyone working together for the district to keep succeeding.
"I believe so intensely that together we can be number one, and no man or woman is an island," Pertee said. "It takes a village to raise a child."
Pertee's contract runs through June 30, 2015.
Sandra Pertee, who currently serves as the director of career and technical education for Wayne County Schools, is the new superintendent. She was named during Monday's Board of Education meeting.
The 3-2 vote came following a nearly two-hour executive session.
Pertee, who is nearing her 38th anniversary with Wayne County Schools, said she is excited to lead a school system that gained the public’s support with the passing of an $18 million bond and the construction of two new schools and renovations to another set to start in the next nine months.
“The Board has given me an awesome opportunity to work with all the wonderful things that have occurred over the past few months,” Pertee said in a prepared release.
Pertee said she wants more input from within the school system and the community, calling her leadership style a “shared and distributed philosophy, a team structure.”
Board President Trey Morrone and members Johnita Jackson and Lois Little voted in favor of the hire, while Joann Hurley and Vickey Boyd did not. However, both said their dissenting votes were more out of a concern for the CTE program that Pertee has built.
Morrone pointed out that one of the many reasons Pertee is the right choice is because of her track record of success, including that of the CTE program.
“Whatever she gets involved with, she takes from the bottom to the top,” Morrone said in the prepared release. “She works tirelessly and she’s driven.”
Pertee was chosen over two West Virginia Department of Education employees and two Wayne County directors. Her contract will run through June 30, 2015, because of a provision in state code that restricts new multi-year superintendent contracts after June 1. Her term officially starts Tuesday, July 22.
Lynn Hurt, the former superintendent, has been serving as the interim superintendent.