Ohio County's Board of Education has new leadership, as the school system's new year begins.
Dr. Dianna Vargo took her oath of office as the school system's new superintendent. Judge Arthur Recht performed the ceremony at the Board of Education offices in the Elm Grove section of Wheeling. Vargo replaces former Superintendent George Krelis, who retired after 38 years with Ohio County Schools.
She's also previously served as a math teacher, and deputy superintendent. Her first order of business after becoming the superintendent was to have the board elect a new president for the year. The board promptly gave the job to James Jorden, who talked about the role of board members.
"Our job as board members is to oversee our operating budget, which is $58.7 million, and to make sure we wisely spend those tax dollars on behalf of all students," Jorden said.
Ohio County's Board of Education has two new members, Sarah Koegler and Gary Kestner. Both won seats on the board in the May election.
Koegler grew up in Long Island, N. Y. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University. Koegler worked as a teacher in California for ten years, and currently serves as a human resources director for Teach For America.
Kestner retired from a 25-year career as Transportation Director for Ohio County Schools on June 30th to assume his seat on the board.