|Message from Superintendent Blaine C. Hess|
Jackson County is a growing community that fosters a tremendous support for public education. Our citizens realize the value and necessity of education and the role that it plays in the future of their children. Our teachers are dedicated and concerned individuals who strive daily to improve the educational process so that all of our students have the opportunity to realize their maximum potential.
Blaine C. Hess, a native of Clendenin, West Virginia, has served as Superintendent of Jackson County Schools since July 1, 2006. Mr. Hess, a 1979 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School, earned a B.A. in Music Education from Alderson-Broaddus College. While attending Alderson-Broaddus, Mr. Hess received the Williams Music Award and was recognized as the Outstanding Student of the Education Division. Mr. Hess completed his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Marshall University Graduate College.
Prior to entering the field of educational administration, Mr. Hess was a band director for 14 years, primarily in Kanawha and Jackson Counties. Mr. Hess was the band director at Ripley High School from 1987-1990 before serving as the band director at George Washington
High School. While at George Washington High School, Mr. Hess was recognized as West Virginia Bandmaster of the Year and served as the chairman of the West Virginia All State Band. Mr. Hess has conducted a number of honor band programs and actively serves as a
band adjudicator for the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC).
Mr. Hess served as the Assistant Principal at Ravenswood High School before being named Principal at Ripley High School in 1998. During his tenure as principal, Ripley High School was named as a Pacesetter School by the Southern Region Education Board. In 2000, Mr. Hess was named Director of High Schools and Vocational Education for Jackson County Schools where he served for six years before becoming Superintendent of Schools.
During his tenure as Superintendent, Jackson County Schools has implemented significant measures to improve student achievement and improve the facilities utilized by students. Under Mr. Hess’ leadership, a county-wide Literacy Initiative was launched which has
resulted in significant growth in student achievement. In the realm of technology, Jackson County Schools has implemented a 1:1 technology program in which all high school students are assigned a MacBook for their use and students in grades 3-8 are equipped with
iPads. Advanced Placement and College Dual Credit options have increased significantly for high school students.
Under Mr. Hess’ leadership, Jackson County Schools has leveraged significant state funding to allow for the construction of a new elementary school and a new middle school. Additional facilities projects include additions to two elementary schools, the development of an Early Learning Center, new offices for the Transportation Department, and the construction and/or renovation of high school science labs.
Mr. Hess serves in a number of professional capacities, such as Chairman of the Roane Jackson Technical Center Administrative Council, a member of the Jackson County Development Authority (JCDA), President of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators (WVASA) and was selected as the 2013 West Virginia Superintendent of the Year. After representing West Virginia for four years as a member of the Governing Board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Mr. Hess was elected to serve on the AASA Executive Committee.