Superintendent agrees to new contract
HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County Schools Superintendent William Smith has agreed to a new four-year contract keeping him at the helm until June 30, 2017.
Smith, 61, had said in the fall when board members were taking up contract discussions that he wanted to go four more years before retiring. This is Smith's 40th year working in Cabell County, starting in 1973 as an English teacher at the old Huntington High School.
His new deal begins July 1 and will pay him $130,000 in the first year, increasing to $138,257 during his final year. This current school year, Smith's salary is $124,500.
The contract was approved by board members at the Dec. 18 meeting.
Smith has said he has several goals, including the opening of the new Huntington East Middle School, the construction of the new bus garage in Lesage, the opening of a proposed incubator school and a full implementation of the new Common Core standards.
"We have several exciting initiatives on the horizon that I am pleased to be involved in completing," Smith said. "I have high expectations for all of the district's nearly 13,000 students, and I want to convey a vision of their success to administrators, teachers, staff, parents, community and, most importantly, to the students themselves."
During his career, Smith also has served as supervisor for Gifted Education, coordinator of Continuing Education, manager of Professional Personnel, coordinator of Federal Programs and Technology, and assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.