Interim Logan County superintendent resigns

By Chris Lawrence in News
LOGAN, W.Va. — Two months after taking the job as the interim Superintendent of Logan County Schools Suzette Cook has resigned. Cook tendered her resignation back on Friday in a letter to the board of education. Cook said she needed to step away from the job because of health reasons.

“She gave us notice she was resigning due to health reasons,” said Logan County Board of Education President Paul Hardesty. “We really want to thank Ms. Cook for her two months of service to Logan County. She got school off to a tremendous start for us and brought stability. We wish her the best with her health issues and any other endeavors she may have.”

Cook took the job amid rampant controversy over former county superintendent Phyllis Doty. Doty resigned under fire after allegations she used county funds for a variety of personal expenses, most notably decorations for her son’s wedding. The investigation into those alleged misspending practices goes on.

Despite the continued flux in leadership, Hardesty isn’t deterred from the course.

“There’s a lot of things going on and have been well documented, but we still have to focus on the primary task at hand and that’s educating children,” he said. “I think we’re going int a better direction. Morale seems to be better with our administrators, teachers, and service employees as well. We’ll get through this.”

The Logan County School Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday to officially accept Cook’s resignation and name an acting superintendent. Hardesty said the board would also launch the search for the new interim superintendent. A search process to fill the position permanently is also in the works.