- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Kanawha County Board of Education has promoted a deputy superintendent after abandoning plans to conduct a search to replace retiring Superintendent Ron Duerring.

The board voted 3-2 Wednesday to promote Tom Williams effective July 1, news outlets reported.

School board President Ryan White said he was blindsided by the vote and disappointed that the board didn’t look at all available options. White and board member Ric Cavender voted against the hiring.

Williams has 35 years of experience in the Kanawha County school system, including the past six years as deputy superintendent. He also was an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and a high school teacher and principal.

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