An unexpected turn of events has placed newly appointed superintendent Steve Casto at the helm of Lewis County Schools sooner than anticipated. Casto was sworn in as interim superintendent on Monday by Judge Kurt Hall.
Casto has been attending meetings since being appointed in February, and has been visible in LC Schools since that time. He said it’s time to move forward and not look back.
Casto said it has been a quick, but smooth, turnaround and he has received an extraordinary amount of support.
“Everything is going really well,” Casto said.
The immediate goal is to get school closed out as seamlessly as possible, get the budget approved, and plan for the upcoming school year, Casto said.
One immediate change is the locking of the front door at the central office. People can no longer walk right into the building. They must be buzzed in like they are at all the schools.
Casto realizes the importance of being superintendent and brings with him more than 14 years experience of working at the central office. He uses WVU President Gordon Gee as a role model in talking to people and said communications have opened up quite a bit just in a short time.
Casto said he is ready to get things moving and is glad to get started. He feels this will make for a better start to the new school year.
“Things happen for a purpose,” said Casto.
Former Superintendent Joseph Mace took a medical leave of absence and Casto will be sworn in again July 5 as superintendent.