Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

June 13, 2014

Tazewell superintendent: Congratulations to Kinser

— — A new division superintendent, and a familiar face, will soon be in charge of Tazewell County Public Schools. As a veteran 38-year employee of the local school system, and the current assistant school superintendent, Christine Kinser is a good choice for the job. And with hope she can bring stability back to a school system that has experienced rough waters in recent weeks.

Dr. Michaelene A. Meyer, the school system’s outgoing superintendent, said in May she was leaving her position with “deep disappointment.” And members of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors expressed concerns with how Meyer’s resignation was handled by the school board. The school board informed Meyer in March that it desired to have the opportunity to make its own selection of a superintendent. But the board members made it clear at the time that its decision was not because of Meyer’s performance, according to an earlier statement by board chairman David Woodard.

Adding to the local woes is the threat of a looming state government shutdown come July 1 if Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe can’t reach an agreement with the now Republican controlled House and Senate over whether or not to expand the federal Medicaid program in Virginia under the new Affordable Care Act. This stalemate has left local school systems like Tazewell in a holding pattern when it comes to important budgetary matters and the issuance of teacher contracts for the new fiscal year.

Kinser has spent her entire life in Tazewell County, and all 38 years of her career to date working for Tazewell County Public Schools. She has held multiple positions in the school system, including librarian, assistant principal and principal. Kinser moved to the central office in 2002 as supervisor of career and technical and secondary education before being named assistant superintendent under former School Superintendent Dr. Brenda Lawson.

“Well, first of all, I’m very humbled and honored that the board chose me for this position,” Kinser told the Daily Telegraph Tuesday. “My entire life has been in Tazewell County. I was born and raised and educated here, and have spent my entire educational career working here. I can’t think of any other place I would like to be or work, and am very pleased to work with our school board in doing what is best for our students and staff.”

As a veteran employee of the local school system, Kinser already understands the many unique opportunities and challenges that face staff, students and parents in Tazewell County. We congratulate Kinser on her appointment as school superintendent, and wish her the best of luck with the job ahead.

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