By Kyle Lovern
CINDERELLA – Dr. Robert Bobbera has been named the new superintendent of schools for Mingo County by the State Board of Education.
Bobbera, who has served as an assistant superintendent, officially starts his new duties today. He succeeds Randy Keathley, who recently retired.
Bobbera is a 1979 graduate of Gilbert High School and began teaching in Mingo County in 1983. He is a lifelong resident of the county.
After teaching, he received his MS in Vocational and Technical Education and later an MA in counseling. Last August he received his doctoral degree.
During his career, Bobbera has taught and served as a counselor and administrator at several schools in the county.
He served as director of secondary education before being named assistant superintendent by Keathley four years ago.
“I’m pleased the state has allowed me to stay in Mingo County and continue the work we started four years ago,” Bobbera said. “I’m looking forward to the completion of the Burch Pre-K8 project and the Tug Valley High School bridge.”
“There are some big changes ahead,” Bobbera added. “We will be implementing the Smarter Balance Assessment following the Next Generation Standards, starting this school year.”
Bobbera said the old WesTest system will no longer be used.
“We’ve been working the past few years and going in this direction,” Bobbera said of the change. “This will be a learning experience for our teachers and students.”
This new testing system is something that will be implemented statewide.
Bobbera has named Paula Hinkle Brown as an assistant superintendent. Brown most recently served as principal of Williamson Pre-K8.
Judy McCoy will remain on his staff as director of curriculum.
Dr. Richard Duncan will be the new director of human resources, replacing Nell Hatfield, who retired.
Lesia Sammons will replace the retiring Karen Canterbury as coordinator of guidance and testing. Sammons most recently served as a counselor at Mingo Central High School.
Bobbera’s wife, Jacqueline, is a school nurse. His daughter, Katie, will be a senior at Marshall University majoring in communications disorders. His son, Mitchell, just graduated from Mingo Central High School.
The next school board meeting will be Tuesday at the board offices located at Cinderella Hollow (Sycamore Creek Road.)
Kyle Lovern is sports editor of the Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33, or on Twitter @KyleLovern.