Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 7, 2014

Outgoing school superintendent expresses “disappointment” over resignation

TAZEWELL, Va. — Tazewell County School Superintendent Dr. Michaelene A. Meyer is expressing "disappointment" over the decision by the county’s school board to hire “their own” superintendent.

The school board voted Monday to accept Meyer’s resignation. Meyer issued a statement Wednesday addressing the issue. It reads:

 “Last evening, the Tazewell County School Board accepted my resignation as superintendent, which was tendered to support their desire to hire their own superintendent.  It is with deep disappointment that I must leave the division, and although my tenure was short-lived, I have been productive throughout my time here and have maintained a focus on what is in the best interests of students.  I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve the community, the employees of the division, and above all the students who strive to achieve everyday within our schools. It has been both a personal and professionally rewarding experience for me.

 “Over the past several months, since the school board first raised the issue of a possible early departure, it became clear that the newly constituted School Board wanted to exercise its right to select its own superintendent. This type of decision is certainly well within its right, even, when as here, no performance issues exist.  I have come to understand that this type of decision is not all that uncommon. I am proud of the work that has been accomplished this past year through the shared efforts of leadership within the division. We have made many positive changes and it is my hope that the

school board will continue to find ways to build upon the strong initiatives already being

implemented, as well as commit to support new ones that have been initiated through our

work together this past year.”


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