Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 11, 2014

Christine Kinser to serve as Tazewell superintendent

TAZEWELL, Va. — Christine Kinser has been selected to serve as the new school superintendent of Tazewell County.

Kinser, the school system’s current assistant superintendent, will succeed current School Superintendent Dr. Michaelene A. Meyer, who is resigning from the position effective June 30. Kinser was hired on a unanimous vote following a closed-door executive session of the Tazewell County School Board.

“Well, first of all, I’m very humbled and honored that the board chose me for this position,” Kinser said. “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.”

Kinser has worked for Tazewell County Public Schools for the past 38 years. She has held multiple positions, including librarian, assistant principal and principal. She began work in the central office in 2002 as supervisor of career and technical and secondary education before moving into the assistant superintendent position under former School Superintendent Dr. Brenda Lawson.

“I was educated here,” Kinser said. “I think many of our employees were educated here and came back to work here. I think it is a wonderful place to have your family and to be part of this community.”

Kinser said no major changes are planned at this time.

She said the school system faces a number of challenges, including declining enrollment and economic development challenges in the county.

“I have a great staff here in my office and schools,” Kinser said. “We are just going to be a team and work together for what is best for our school system.”

Kinser was hired due to her significant instructional knowledge and broad educational experience, according to a statement released by the school board Tuesday.

The motion to hire Kinser was approved on a unanimous vote Monday night.

The board then instructed school system attorney Alan McGraw to take all actions necessary to enter into a contract employing Kinser as the school system’s new superintendent.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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