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Janie Newlon

Janie Newlon

Janie Newlon is the present vp of the Randolph County Board of Education, and is operating for re-election to the Cheat District seat within the May major.

Newlon has been the director/trainer of the Shining Light Learning Center for the previous 20 years.

“Education has always been a priority for me in our home and in the work environment,” Newlon stated. “As dad and mom, we harassed the significance of training and have all the time been concerned and took part in lots of occasions to assist present for our youngsters and others within the college.

“As a director and a teacher of the preschool, I know the important impact we make as many students and their parents are taking their first step into the educational system.”

Phil Chua

Newlon is married to Chad Newlon. “We have two children, both of whom have attended Randolph County Schools and have done very well with their higher education, as our son Beau graduated with an engineering degree from WVU, and our daughter Hali will graduate at the end of April with an education degree from Fairmont State,” she stated.


1) What is your imaginative and prescient for training in Randolph County?

“My imaginative and prescient for Randolph County has been and can all the time be to make sure each scholar will get the training they deserve. I need our college students to graduate and be ready for his or her future, whether or not it’s to hitch the workforce, tech college or school.

“The last couple of years, because of the pandemic, we were faced with many challenges to our vision. Our goal was to continue educating our students but also keep our students and staff safe. One to one Chrome Books were purchased for remote and hybrid learning, and safety protocols were in place to ensure a safe learning environment. I’m very proud of the work of our students, parents and staff through the pandemic.”

2) How do you propose to contain dad and mom and households in your decision-making?

“I’ve always been available to families and staff. When approached with a concern, I’ve always followed up on their concern. As a board member, there are state and federal policies that we must follow, like funding and personnel, which is hard for people to understand. My decisions have always been and will continue to be based on what is best for our students.”

3) What must be carried out with Wimer Stadium now?

“When the board members were informed that the bleachers at Wimer Stadium were unsafe, we had to make some hard decisions with safety being our primary goal. Since dealing with the pandemic the last two years, our focus has been on academic loss, and I look forward to being able to focus on other areas like Wimer Stadium.”

4) Do you’re feeling the Board of Education accurately dealt with the controversial Tygarts Valley High School mural scenario earlier this college 12 months?

Charles “Randy” Long

“The mural situation did not come in front of the board members for a vote. Delegations did speak at a board meeting but no decisions were required of the board members. The situation was handled by the school administration and superintendent.”

5) School methods throughout the state are struggling to seek out and maintain drivers to deal with college bus routes, in addition to substitute bus drivers. How would you tackle this example?

“Recently it was delivered to the board members to get rid of routes and drivers and I voted no on that advice. With the dimensions of our county, we want our drivers.

“As a county, we need to continue advertising our needs for personnel which includes teachers, aides, custodians, cooks, secretaries and bus drivers. We need to put pressure on our legislature to increase the salaries of our drivers and all county employees.”

Philip Chua

Curlie Ray Jr.

Dr. Philip J. Chua at present serves as a Hospitalist Physician for Davis Health System.

He is an Elkins native who studied household apply at West Virginia University. He additionally studied Osteopathic Medicine at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and studied Anthropology/Biology at Emory University. He additionally attended The Linsly School.

He served his residency at West Virginia University Hospitals.

He is married to Dr. Mindy Brown Chua, the Chief Medical Officer at Davis Medical Center.


1) What is your imaginative and prescient for training in Randolph County?

“In addition to college prep and an increase in emphasis in STEM, I think that the vocational path should include involvement with local industry in job specific education and training and assistance in employment placement or postgraduate vocational training. There may be grants available for programs such as these.”

2) How do you propose to contain dad and mom and households in your determination making?

“Board meetings are public meetings and concerned patients and families are able to attend and be involved. Depending on the topic additional input from parents and family could be obtained in any number of ways (email, remote meetings, social media). It’s 2022 and we probably need to be current with the times.”

3) What must be carried out with Wimer Stadium now?

“There are likely engineering questions involving the water table in South Elkins that would need to be answered before a final decision is made for the fate of that land.”

4) Do you’re feeling the Board of Education accurately dealt with the controversial Tygarts Valley High School mural scenario earlier this college 12 months?

“I don’t suppose the BOE was concerned in that scenario and that it was dealt with on the college stage — or so is my understanding of that scenario.

“LGBTQ students have been part of school systems since there have been schools. It’s only recently that they feel safe enough to be themselves publicly. Protecting them and allowing them to be their authentic selves within the rules of the school system should be permitted.”

5) School methods throughout the state are struggling to seek out and maintain drivers to deal with college bus routes, in addition to substitute bus drivers. How would you tackle this example?

“Probably evaluate school systems in other states that don’t have the same issue and see what the difference is between what is being done here and what is being done there. There could be non-financial incentives involved. Another tactic is doing exit interviews with anyone who has left the profession and find out what factors were involved with their decision and was there anything different that could have been done to retain them. Pay could be part of it but it’s always important to explore employee motivation.”

Sherri Collett

“My title is Dr. Sherri Collett and I’m operating for the Randolph County Board of Education. I’m a chiropractor, a spouse and a mom. I’ve lived in Beverly for 20 years. I grew up in Manassas, Virginia.

“I’ve a Bachelor of Science diploma in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I additionally graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. Before settling in Beverly, I had a chiropractic apply in Sterling, Virginia.

“My husband Russ and I made a decision to lift our household in his hometown. That introduced us again to Randolph County. My husband Russ has been a trainer, administrator and coach for the previous 30 years. With my background in athletic coaching, we determined that being a crew was important for our household.

“While he was the top soccer coach for Tygarts Valley from 2002-2006, I had the privilege of working and being part of the Tygarts Valley household. I began my chiropractic apply in Elkins and began to lift our three youngsters within the Randolph County neighborhood. All three of my youngsters have attended Randolph County public colleges.

“As a mother or father, a spouse and a enterprise proprietor, I’ve had the chance to work with many faculties in Randolph County. I’ve been a volunteer for the Beverly PTO and the Beverly basketball crew. I’ve been an athletic coach for the Elkins Middle School soccer crew, the EMS athletic boosters, the EMS LSIC committee. Elkins High college athletic boosters and LSIC committee. I’ve additionally coached the EMS softball and the EHS varsity softball groups.

“On quite a few events I’ve volunteered for fundraisers for a lot of colleges. I’ve supported Randolph County colleges for a few years in many alternative capacities. I really feel that my experiences and experience could be helpful to serving to the scholars and the college.

“I would like to see Randolph County schools adapt to our ever-changing world and provide our students with greater opportunities. I want our students to excel not only in the classroom but in life. We have the resources in our community to give our students the foundations that they need. Let’s give that to them. They deserve it.”


1) What is your imaginative and prescient for training in Randolph County??

“My vision for Randolph County Schools is to provide an environment for the students and faculty for growth and success. I would like to see unity across this county as we strive for equal opportunities for all students, faculty and staff.”

2) How do you propose to contain dad and mom and households in your decision-making?

“Having open communication is crucial to acquiring info, issues and options from dad and mom and college students. Being current and concerned with the various actions in our colleges are a method to meet and discuss with dad and mom.

“I feel that social media can be used for positive and informational postings. Utilizing Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can be a source of real-time communication. There are other systems such as using the calling system and possibly an APP scenario like REMIND to allow people that want to know get an automatic update. Obviously, working out a scenario that allows the Inter-Mountain and other media outlets to have more immediate access to positive articles and scenarios.”

3) What must be carried out with Wimer Stadium now?

“While it is a subject of a lot dialogue, the SBA strategies, monetary studies and EESERF funding have to be in comparison with precise scholar numbers in order that an informed plan could be fashioned to assist the neighborhood.

“With the present value of latest development, a brand new college is an intensive aim. Other concepts have been introduced as effectively, issues like a neighborhood athletic advanced, transportation parking, a revamp or improve to our bus storage. All this stuff are nice concepts, however all of them take funding, and never simply preliminary funding however ongoing upkeep funding.

“I think the entire county CEFP Plan must be reviewed and considered based on long term goals to decide something like that. I am not in a position to declare one scenario better than another at this time.”

4) Do you’re feeling the Board of Education accurately dealt with the controversial Tygarts Valley High School mural scenario earlier this college 12 months?

“I do not feel that I have all the information in regard to the controversy. I do feel that Mr. Wamsley, from the outside looking in, did attempt to bring the two groups together to discuss their problems and come up with a mature way to handle the situation. It appears that he was successful in that attempt, but to judge anyone without all the factual evidence would be wrong and I will not do that at this time.”

5) School methods throughout the state are struggling to seek out and maintain drivers to deal with college bus routes, in addition to substitute bus drivers. How would you tackle this example?

“This isn’t solely a state drawback, but in addition a nationwide drawback. There isn’t an efficient reply as a result of if there have been, we’d have the ability to repair it. Encouraging individuals to use due to restricted work hours for a low wage however you obtain state advantages is lengthy outdated. I do know the state will enable wage supplementation, however that requires a waiver by way of the state division, and once more, this takes extra native cash to fund and as to my data we would not have these funds. Additionally, when you do this for one group, then it’s essential to do for all teams.

“I believe a lot of this drawback actually lies on the state stage. The native college governments are restricted in these sorts of eventualities as a result of salaries and advantages are just about locked in. When attempting to compete with different native counties with comparable limitations it’s essential to create a piece surroundings the workers need to work in.

“Improving communication with administrators and bus drivers concerning discipline on buses is a must. Many times, drivers feel that they get little support, but quite often, this is a communication problem. I would work with Mr. Arbogast to find out what our protocols are and how we go about these scenarios of student discipline to help improve student behavior and help our drivers feel supported at the same time. As for advertising and getting the word out, I feel that the Board of Education is trying hard to do that at this time.”

Brittny Drennen

Brittny Drennen is on the poll however advised The Inter-Mountain this week that she is not actively campaigning for a Randolph County Board of Education seat.

Charles “Randy” Long

Charles “Randy” Long has been a lifelong resident of Randolph County for 57 years. He resides in Mill Creek along with his spouse Christine.

He attended Randolph County Schools, graduating from Tygarts Valley High School in 1983. Prior to his retirement, he was employed with Randolph County Schools as a bus driver for 23 years and transportation director for 10 years.

He was additionally a enterprise proprietor for 21 years. He at present is proprietor of Morgan Big Pine Farms and enjoys farming and elevating cattle.


1) “The mission for Randolph County Schools is to educate all students in a safe learning environment. Programs need to be put in place to fit the needs of all students. Students need to be the primary focus and should be the basis for all decisions. Students, educators, parents and community members are valuable resources and should be involved in the educational process.”

2) “There is a current need for more transparency between the public and school system. Board meetings need to be held throughout the county and communities. The public would have more of an opportunity to attend and be involved in the school system.”

3) “I am not sure of the school system’s initial plan that was put into place for Wimer Field. Wimer Field has been a landmark in the Elkins area for many years. This issue needs to be addressed.”

4) “I do not have enough factual information that I feel that I can provide a statement. However, I do feel that there are many issues that are distracting our students from the learning process.”

5) “Not only is there a shortage of bus drivers, but there is also a shortage of all staff. County boards need to work with the state level to create a plan/initiative to encourage people to apply for positions in the educational field.”

Curlie Ray Jr.

“Hello, everybody, my title is Curlie Ray Jr., candidate for Randolph County Board of Education. The Inter-Mountain has requested me for a brief bio or I suppose just a little story of my life. I’m at present the Pastor of Tygart Valley Ministries Beverly Community Church in Beverly. I’ve been the pastor there now for the previous 32 years.

“I previously was the administrator of Tygart Valley Christian Academy, a non-public Okay-through-12 Christian college, additionally in Beverly. I had the privilege of that place for 28 years. I’ve been the trainer, the janitor, the bus driver, the college secretary, the principal and grant author. There isn’t a lot that I haven’t carried out on the subject of training.

“I’m a 1988 graduate of Elkins High School. I attended Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi. I additionally at present maintain a Doctor of Arts Degree with a serious in divinity. I’ve obtained administrator coaching from the School of Tomorrow in Dallas, Texas.

“I’m married to Maureen Ray, who now could be the administrator of Tygart Valley Christian Academy. I’ve 4 daughters and one son, and three grandchildren.

“I’ve lived in Randolph County most of my life. Living in Elkins, West Virginia is like dwelling with an enormous household. It’s one of the best place on the earth to lift youngsters. I humbly ask to your vote on Election Day.

“I’m number 5 on the ballot.”


1) “In 2019 the state of West Virginia ranked forty seventh within the nation in nationwide testing scores. That’s nearly final. This tells me that we aren’t working onerous sufficient to coach our youngsters. There could be no excuses for this once I know we are able to do higher. We want to take a position extra time, extra expertise and extra treasure in our colleges.

“Randolph County colleges must be main the best way on the subject of training for our state. We can by no means prepared the ground till we start to put money into our youngsters. What I imply by investing is, we must be extra supportive to those who work in our colleges. It’s our leaders that work within the colleges that want our assist. You can’t anticipate a trainer to have the ability to educate with out giving all of them the instruments they should give our college students a top quality training.

“Education starts in the classroom, not in the board room. Cuts should always be made at the top first, never in the schools. When you cut back on our schools, then you cut back on our children. We must get our testing scores up and it will always be done with a teacher.”

2) “This is a superb query. You won’t ever get a neighborhood concerned till you go to the neighborhood. Board members have to get out from behind the desk and get again into our communities. In my opinion, one time a month college board conferences must be held in one in every of our colleges. At a time, the neighborhood can come.

“BOE members ought to go to PTA conferences and take heed to what the dad and mom are speaking about. You won’t ever get individuals concerned by anticipating them to return to you. Stop being afraid of confrontation. These are individuals’s youngsters we’re speaking about. As a BOE member, it is best to run to take heed to the neighborhood after which do your finest to assist all of the individuals.

“It’s time to change the way things have been done and try something different. We should be educating the community about the goings on by being more transparent with things. It is never wrong to tell people the truth and to show it on paper.”

3) “Now, it is a sensitive topic. In my opinion, it ought to by no means have been torn down, however that’s not the query. Wimer Field has many reminiscences for many individuals, together with myself. So, promoting it will be a abdomen puncher however that’s one reply.

“The second thought could be a sports complex for our youth. For example, Elkins Youth Football and other sports activities. There is a rumor going around of a consolidation of our local city grade schools and the building of one mega elementary school at Wimer Field. Consolidating any city grade schools should be a last resort. Children are already falling through the cracks of education because of too many students in the classroom.”

4) “I actually suppose the college system wants to remain out of controversial issues. You can not help one group of residents and never help all of them.

“I do know firsthand how unhealthy the LGBTQ neighborhood will get handled. I additionally know firsthand about being bullied. Try going by way of center college with a reputation like mine. A college system can not help or push one agenda and never help and push all of them. What about our Black neighborhood or our Hispanics? What about different youngsters that get bullied? What concerning the Christian that’s advised to go to a flagpole to hope, however the LBTQ membership can take a faculty mic and discuss a day of silence for his or her neighborhood?

“Schools need to educate about acceptance for all children. Educate and don’t indoctrinate. Love everyone and be kind to everyone. Stop picking and choosing what type of children you’re going to support and support them all.”

5) “GIVE THEM A RAISE. Have you ever pushed a bus down the street with a bunch of screaming youngsters? I’ve. Have you ever tried to get site visitors to cease to let a baby cross the street? I’ve. You need a driver, then discover some cash to pay them.

“Administration complains that it’s not an ‘all-day job and they make enough, look at the benefits.’ People, you can not eat advantages. Start paying an expert driver a wager they’ll dwell on, and you’ll have drivers.

“Also, stop running two buses up the same holler at two different times. Pick all the students up and then go drop them off at the schools. If you did that, maybe you wouldn’t need so many drivers.”

Heidi Storrick McFadden

“My title is Heidi Storrick McFadden. I’m operating for Randolph County Board of Education as a result of I really like this neighborhood, and I really like my very own 4 youngsters, who’re in Randolph County Schools.

“I used to be born and raised right here, and graduated from Elkins High School and WVU. When I married my husband, Colin McFadden, in 2008, we moved all over the world with the Army. I’ve lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Italy, Kansas and, most lately, in Falls Church, Virginia. My husband works remotely and I’m a keep at house mother.

“We can live anywhere in the world, but we chose in 2020 to sink down the roots of our own family here in Elkins. I have a stake in the success of the education system here. I am happy to work hard for all the children and families in Randolph County to find ways for everyone to flourish.”


1) “My imaginative and prescient for training in Randolph County is a return to the pursuit of fact. I dream of a classical system the place college students are taught the artwork of studying. That younger youngsters are launched to the curiosities of the world. That they’d be learn into the good dialog of historical past. Then, as they perceive these issues, that they’d study to suppose critically about them. To analyze them for his or her veracity. And lastly, that they’d kind their very own opinions and have the ability to articulate these conclusions to the broader society.

“West Virginians, specifically those of us from Randolph County, have much goodness and perspective to offer the world. I want to see children leave our schools and lead their own families and communities, wherever they may be, with dignity and a deeper understanding of all that is worthwhile and true.”

2) “I will involve parents and families in my decision-making by making myself available to listen to their thoughts and concerns. I will leave them with as much independence as possible. I do not claim to know what is best for every individual student, parent, teacher and administrator. But they likely do. What decisions I make will be done in light of this, to the best of my ability. Where I must decide on behalf of many people, I see no other way than to try to put myself in their shoes and treat them as I would want to be treated myself.”

3) “While we’re speaking about visions and goals, I’d like to see a swimming pool instead of Wimer Stadium. If the BOE should promote the land to another person who can accomplish this, they’ll use the cash for the upkeep of our smaller rural colleges.

“As I’ve mentioned in my bio, people all around the world can work remotely now. Randolph County has natural beauty abounding and a rich culture. Adding some family-centric amenities like swimming pools and providing a rigorous education in small classrooms may indeed turn the tide of a diminishing population.”

4) “I think the Board of Education did handle the Tygarts Valley mural situation appropriately. From my understanding, the school handled it in-house and was able to negotiate a satisfactory solution for most of the parties involved. As a rule, I would allow schools and teachers to manage their own affairs first, if at all possible, before stepping in from the Board Office.”

5) “While acknowledging that the bus driver shortage is a state wide problem, and surely complex beyond my current understanding, my first inclination towards solving it would be to give daily drivers more responsibility between their morning and afternoon routes, and pay them more. This could make the bus driver position more of a full-time job, with benefits. Then, encourage those whose who are not interested in a full-time position to become substitute drivers or focus primarily on special trips.”

Caleb Vandevender

Caleb Vandevender was contacted by The Inter-Mountain however didn’t present a photograph, biography or responses to the candidate questions.

Marc Wamsley

“Born to Andy and Janice Wamsley of Valley Bend, I used to be raised on our household farm with my siblings Tom, Cheri and Steve, the place all of us have been taught a robust work ethic was rewarded with the delight in a job effectively carried out. Their tutelage gave me the drive to achieve success from my tutorial begin at Homestead School, by way of my center and highschool years at Tygarts Valley, graduating third in my class of 1989.

“While majoring within the area of Computer Science at West Virginia University, I made a decision to observe a unique profession in retail with my then employer, Kmart Corporation. There, I labored my manner by way of a number of positions, at numerous shops, into changing into an assistant retailer supervisor the final 10 years of my tenure.

“Near the tip of my 15-year profession, I made a decision to maneuver on to use my expertise at a greater managed company, Lowe’s, the place I realized much more about managing amenities, personnel and budgets.

“Just two brief years later, a possibility to work again house in Randolph County took place when Central Supply Company opened up their constructing provide resale facility close to Elkins. There I’ve remained for the final 16 years, nonetheless persevering with to handle budgets, amenities and personnel, totaling 28 years of administration expertise, and counting. Combining my final two stints with Lowe’s and Central Supply, I’ve additionally gained 18 years of working data within the development business.

“After Central Supply modified from a family-owned enterprise to half of a bigger, publicly traded firm, we started extending our footprint to fifteen places throughout the state of West Virginia. During the enlargement, I continued capitalizing on alternatives to broaden my data base, by overlapping 11 years of expertise in info expertise, 10 years as a security skilled, and 9 years as an environmental skilled.

“All of my earlier and future success is a testomony of these values and work ethics realized from my household so way back in my humble beginnings on our farm in Valley Bend, the place I now reside with my spouse Amie (Elkins High School class of 1995) whereas we increase our daughter, Lydia, a sophomore at Tygarts Valley Middle/High School.

“I consider myself fortunate to reside in my home county within close proximity of my immediate family; therefore, I feel it is time for me to give back by sharing my vast experience for the betterment of our school system.”


1) “My vision for education for Randolph County is to ensure our students, parents, teachers and staff have the resources they need at every school to build our children into our future leaders. The basics of education are no longer adequate enough for young adults in our quickly expanding world. Staying up to date with technology, teaching methods, course offerings and other advancing resources is crucial to the development of our youth.”

2) “As a member of the Board of Education, I would encourage all parents and families to reach out to me as often as they feel they need to in order to be heard. Sometimes attending meetings at the Board Office is not practical. I suggest having regularly scheduled meetings at schools beyond the Elkins city limits for those unable to make it to the in-town meetings from the far reaches of the largest county in our state. As part of those meetings, those school principals would have the chance to share their needs directly with the members of the Board, coupled with the visual aids of seeing the schools and their local community members in person.”

3) “When it comes to the future of Wimer Stadium, I believe the best course of action is to garner the input of the Elkins community, including the Friends of Wimer Stadium group, prior to the Board of Education even considering options for the facility.”

4) “Even though the developments following the completion of the mural were documented by news outlets and spread across social media, I do not feel I can comment without firsthand knowledge of the behind-closed-door considerations made by the Board to manage the mural situation at Tygarts Valley High School. However, from what I have seen and heard, my understanding is the situation was professionally resolved at a local level by the school staff where all parties involved were amicably satisfied with the outcome.”

5) “School methods throughout the state are struggling to maintain substitute and full-time bus drivers simply as many different firms battle comparable staffing troubles to maintain their companies’ doorways open in immediately’s office. In my expertise, the answer to an issue lies inside these closest to the problem. First, I imagine the superintendent ought to survey the present employees of bus drivers to study what cause them to search employment as bus drivers, what points of the job retains them coming again on a regular basis, what future adjustments would drive them to go elsewhere, and ask them what future adjustments they want to see to maintain them as drivers for the Board if they’re at present unhappy.

“Secondly, I would ask the superintendent to conduct exit surveys with those drivers who plan to leave, or, have already recently left for other employment opportunities. Once the surveys are complete, restructuring the bus driver employment package to find, hire, and retain top talent would be a must.”

Shannon Wilfong

Shannon Wilfong was contacted by The Inter-Mountain however didn’t present a photograph, biography or responses to the candidate questions.

Marc Wamsley

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