2017-06-14 / Front Page

Banks resigns as superintendent

Takes post as Assistant Superintendent for Berkeley County
by Kate Evans

David Banks David Banks At the June 6 Morgan County Board of Education meeting, 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 last Monday evening, June 5. A day later, Banks said 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.

‘Struggled’ with move

Banks told the board that he struggled with the decision to leave Morgan County Schools but was looking for a new challenge.

Banks said 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 also 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.”

In his resignation letter, Banks said he’s been fortunate to have spent a significant part of his career here in Morgan County Schools and has enjoyed the rich positive experiences and opportunities from principal and director to superintendent.

“While I have enjoyed these personal experiences, it has been much more rewarding to see the work of our employees and their ultimate impact on ‘our kids.’

“Our system is filled with people who care deeply about the children for which they are entrusted. They are always there for their kids, tutoring after school hours, or to wipe a tear, maybe get some breakfast, waiting for their parents to arrive after practice, or just simply listening. ‘Our kids’ become good people because of the compassion and support they feel here,” Banks said

“Morgan County’s staff has been very effective at building positive relationships with students. These positive relationships are crucial to improving student achievement. Truly, we decide to become an educator because we want to guide, to teach, to mentor young people….Educators are most rewarded when that one student from years ago makes a point of thanking them for what they have done, gives them credit for their success they have achieved, or just simply says thank you for what you did for me. We live for those moments,” he added.

In his letter, Banks also expressed his deep appreciation for the board’s belief in him, even through the most difficult times, and for their faith in his central office staff, whom he described as “unbelievably competent people who give their best every day for ‘our kids.’”

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.”

Special work session

The Morgan County School Board was scheduled to hold a special meeting work session this past Monday to discuss issues relating to the hiring of a new school superintendent.

West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director Howard O’Cull was attending to give an overview of services and resources that can be provided for a superintendent search and advise the board on things they’ll need to consider such as average salaries, length of contract and number of students served.

The school board was set to vote on whether to contract with West Virginia School Board Association for Superintendent Search Services and related matters at the work session.

Director position approved

Banks' resignation follows the May 23 resignation of Assistant Superintendent Kristen Tuttle. The school board voted last week to eliminate the fulltime Assistant Superintendent position rather than seek a replacement. Instead, the board agreed to create a full-time Director of Human Resources/Maintenance position. School officials hired Jamie Harris, Berkeley Springs High School Assistant Principal, to fill that post, starting July 1.

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