Brooke school board removes interim tag from Jeffrey Crook

NEW SUPERINTENDENT -- Jeffrey Crook has been hired at superintendent of Brooke County Schools in the full-time position. -- Michael D. McElwain (file photo)

WELLSBURG — No longer the “interim” superintendent, Jeffrey Crook was named to the job on a permanent basis Monday in Brooke County.

The announcement of the board’s decision of a four-year contract with Crook was greeted by cheers from those in attendance at the board of education meeting.

Board member Antoinette Perkins made the motion to hire Crook.

“I feel strongly about the decision,” said Perkins. “I’m excited to see what happens down the road.”

Board President Theodore Pauls said Crook was hired because he not only deserved the position, but he earned it.

“He’s got the experience and has a very student-driven outlook,” Pauls said, adding that the board and community need to move forward, and Crook is a strong motivating force.

“He already implemented several ideas for programs, both academic and athletic,” Pauls said about the former physical education teacher.

Crook promised the board will continue to do everything it can to ensure the students and teachers have everything they need to succeed, such as implementing the Success for All program, which was also voted on and passed at Monday’s meeting.

Success for All is a school improvement program with a heavy focus on reading for elementary students.

“It is used in Steubenville and there have been improvements in scores,” said Crook. “It is a phenomenal program for our elementary kids.”

Board Vice Present Stacy Hooper also supports the program.

“The students need it and deserve it,” Hooper said.

Crook noted he is excited to close out the school year strong and to keep the momentum going into the next year.

“I’ve only been here a short amount of time — three months,” said Crook. “I am both humbled and appreciative of the new position. I’ve gotten to know the community, and it’s been great. I’m pumped, I’m ready.”

The board of education will be screening applicants for the position of deputy superintendent on Friday.