Mercer County Board of Education officially selects new superintendent


PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — The Mercer County Board of Education officially selected its new superintendent.

Board members voted to choose Edward Toman as the new superintendent. He is coming to Mercer County with 30 years of public school experience, from teaching and coaching to administration. He also served as superintendent in four West Virginia counties, Wetzel, Ritchie, Gilmer, and Wirt, throughout his career.

“And then Wetzel and now, I am just thrilled to death to be in southern West Virginia it is just beautiful,” said Toman.

Toman, a Glenville State graduate, received a master’s degree in Administrational Leadership from West Virginia University in 1997 and a Superintendent’s Certificate from Marshall University in 2001.

The opportunity came to Toman after Dr. Deborah Akers retired from the position after nearly thirty years.

“We will miss her and she has left us in a position of an upward swing,” said Amy Harrison, data and information specialist with the Mercer County schools.

While Toman has big shoes to fill those with Mercer County Schools, administrators are excited to get to work and get back to normalcy.

“But we welcome him with open arms and he has a great team that he is gonna be working with,” said Harrison.

Toman said working the position during the pandemic gave him perspective on how to handle things going forward.

“I or our leadership team will have to be the people to enforce those things, but I think open communication is key,” said Toman.

Once he gets to the area, he wants to make immediate connections with students parents and teachers in the area.

“I wanna see what we can do to make Mercer County better. I think every county can do some things differently and I can’t wait to work with Dr. Akers and the board,” said Toman.

While his main goal right now is to get a house in the county, he has more in mind once that is done.

“And make every young man or woman in Mercer County schools successful and that is my ultimate goal,” said Toman.

Dr. Deborah Akers will hold the position until the end of June. Toman will officially start July 1.

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