2017-06-07 / Front Page

Banks resigns as school superintendent

Takes post as Assistant Superintendent for Berkeley County
Kate Evans

At a Morgan County Board of Education meeting last night, June 6, David Banks resigned his position as Superintendent. His departure date is still to be determined. 

Banks has accepted a position as Berkeley County Schools Assistant Superintendent with special education as his main responsibility. The Berkeley County School Board approved his hiring on Monday evening, June 5. Banks said Tuesday that he will stay on at Morgan County Schools as long as needed to help with the transition to a new superintendent.  

Banks has been Morgan County Schools Superintendent since July, 2007. Banks was formerly Warm Springs Middle School Principal, Morgan County Schools Director of Child Nutrition and Attendance and Assistant Superintendent.

Banks was named West Virginia Superintendent of the Year last July at the West Virginia Association of School Administrators summer conference.  He was honored at the conference for his leadership and meeting the needs of county students with innovative programming.   Banks served   as West Virginia Association of School Administrators president this year.

Banks said he struggled with the decision to leave Morgan County Schools but was looking for a new challenge.  What he will miss most is the people of Morgan County, “who are selfless and who put kids first every day.” He said besides the wonderful kids he’ll miss employees, parents and also school board members. 

Banks said he appreciated the school board’s total support and leadership which has supported employees and kids every day and has “allowed us to do what we need to do.”

School board president David Ambrose said at the meeting that Banks has been superb as Superintendent and keeping instructional services high when the school system was losing enrollment and revenue.  Banks has always been “a nurturer, supporter and an encourager of people.” 

Ambrose said he felt sadness at Banks leaving but was happy for Banks and his family with his new position.  Ambrose expressed his appreciation for Banks’ “years of superb service to Morgan County.”  

The Morgan County School Board is holding a special meeting on Monday, June 12 at 7 p.m. to discuss issues relating to the hiring of a new school superintendent.  West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director Howard O’Cull will be present to advise the board on some of the things they’ll need to consider such as average salaries, length of contract and number of students served.

Banks' resignation follows the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Kristen Tuttle last month.

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