School Board

  • Fred CurryFred Curry

    Mr. Curry is a former Lincoln County board member who served 18 years prior to this tenure on the board.  He is a retired maintenance supervisor for the State of West Virginia and has twelve grandchildren with four attending Lincoln County schools.  Hobbies include spending time with grandchildren and attending local sporting events. 



    1-Provide a safe environment for all students and school personnel. 

    2-Provide the best possible education for all students. 

    3-Encourage more parental involvement. 

    4-Decrease the high school drop-out rate.

  • Carol Smith Carol Smith
    950 St. Rt. 10 N
    Branchland, WV 25506
    (304) 824-7516

    Mrs. Smith has served several years on the board. She is the wife of Eddie Smith and has three Children (Kristy, Heather, and Shawn) and 6 grandchildren. She is a graduate of Marshall University and St Mary's School of Nursing. Work experience includes Infusion Supervisor with Apria Healthcare and Telemetry Charge Nurse with Saint Mary's Hospital.  She is currently employee as a Nursing supervisor for Lincoln County Opportunity Company.

    Her goal for the school system is: Equal opportunities for ALL children of Lincoln County
    • For students: Providing a safe environment for learning, with improved curriculum and instruction. 
    • For employees: an open and supportive work environment with emphasis on quality instruction and service.
    • For everyone:  fiscal efficiency
  • Steve  Priestley - PresidentSteve Priestley - President

    Steve and his wife Michelle live in Hamlin and are both retired from the Lincoln County school system. Mr. Priestley has both Bachelor and Master degrees from Marshall University. He worked thirty years for Lincoln County Schools serving as a teacher at Atenville Elementary, Hamlin Elementary, and Midkiff Elementary.Steve was principal of Midkiff Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary, and Griffithsville Elementary. He served as superintendent of schools, assistant superintendent of schools, and administrative assistant for Lincoln County Schools. Mr. Priestley continued his educational career while employed in the West Virginia Department of Education's Division of Administrative Services. He was the President of the Lincoln County Principal's Association for twelve years, Chairman of both the West Virginia Textbook Advisory Committee and RESA II, as well as serving on a variety of other educational and community boards and committees.

    Mr. Priestley's Goals for Lincoln County Schools include:

    1. Assuring that all students have access to educational opportunities that will permit them to lead productive and useful lives in the 21st century.
    2. Providing students with an essential and meaningful education that will prepare them for the careers of their choice.
    3. Providing all students with a safe school environment with facilities that are conducive to learning and technologically up to date.
    4. Providing teachers and staff with the necessary resources to effectively and efficiently do their jobs.
    5. Actively seeking the support and assistance of parents and the community in improving the school system.
  • Larry M. WilkersonLarry M. Wilkerson

    P. O. Box 6
    Griffithsville, WV 25521

    Mr. Wilkerson is a life-long resident of Lincoln County.  He resides in Griffithsville, where he and his wife Syble own and operate Wilkerson Christmas Tree Farm.  They have two daughters, Jackie and Tracie, and three grandchildren. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree from Marshall University.  He served the Lincoln County School System for a total of 29 years as a science teacher, secondary principal and superintendent.  During his tenure as a teacher he was the recipient of four National Science Foundation Grants.  He retired from the system in 1989 and has served as President of the Lincoln County Association of Retired School Employees.  He currently serves as Secretary and Board Director for the West Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association where he has been a member for 32 years.


    1. Expand the Vocational Educational program, particularly in the area of Vocational Agriculture.

    2. Foster programs that will increase student self-esteem.


  • Rodney Rodney "Rowdy" Baker

    Rodney Baker was born in January 1969 and graduated from Guyan Valley High School in 1987.   He graduated from Marshall University in 1991 with a Bachelor in Business Administration and from the WVU College of Law in 1995 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.  Rodney was employed by Huddleston Bolen LLP from 1995 through 2015 and is currently employed by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC.


    Rodney has three children in the Lincoln County School System, two at LCHS and one at Guyan Valley Middle.  He decided to apply for a vacant seat on the Lincoln County Board of Education because he did not want to be a person that sits on the sideline and criticizes the educational opportunities available to his children.  Instead, he prefers to be actively involved in attempting to make sure the school system maximizes the opportunities that are available to all children in Lincoln County.  Mr. Baker has been on the Board of Education since January 2014.  He believes that his age, education and profession bring unique qualities and viewpoints to the Board.  He strives to make completely unbiased decisions that bring about the most good to the greatest number of students.


    Mr. Baker’s hobbies include active involvement in both attending and coaching children’s sporting activities, camping with his children, ATV and dirt bike riding, ATV racing, as well as hunting.