Tuttle up for interim school superintendent post

by Kate Evans

The Morgan County School Board was scheduled to approve Kristen Tuttle as Morgan County Schools Interim Superintendent beginning July 1 through June 30, 2020 at last night’s board meeting.

School Superintendent Dr. Erich May will leave the post June 30 to take a job in Pennsylvania. He has served as superintendent for two years.

Tuttle was Assistant Superintendent for Morgan County Schools from July 2015 to June 2017. She left to take an Assistant Principal position at Handley High School with Winchester Public Schools but was then hired as their Director of Human Resources from July 2017 until August 2018.

Tuttle returned to Morgan County Schools last August as the Berkeley Springs High School business education teacher.

Tuttle served as Berkeley Springs High School Principal from August 2014 to July 2015 and as Secondary Education and Career Technical Education Director from June 2013 until August 2014. She was Assistant Principal at Berkeley Springs High School from July 2011 to June 2013. She also taught business education at the school from 2006 until June 2011.

School board president Aaron Close said Sunday that the board was set to approve Tuttle as Interim Superintendent at their June 4 meeting. Tuttle was the one candidate that the school board interviewed for the interim superintendent position at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 29.

No other candidates were interviewed. Five candidates applied for the position.

The board said they didn’t have enough time before a June 1 state deadline to post for a multiyear superintendent position, interview candidates and offer someone the position and opted to go with an interim superintendent.

Close said that the board would decide about when to post for the multiyear superintendent position this coming winter. It would give them ample time to look at a multiyear candidate.

Close said that Tuttle’s interview went well with the school board and that board members were comfortable with her knowledge of the school system. Close felt that the transition would be smooth if the hiring is approved.

Close said Tuttle expressed interest in applying for the multiyear superintendent position and noted that she understands their winter posting of the position may bring in a larger pool of candidates.