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The Chamber honors John D. Curry as Business Leader of the Year

March 5, 2012

The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce has selected Greenbrier County Superintendent John Curry as Business Leader of the Year.  He will be honored at their Annual Meeting on March 27 at The Greenbrier.  “Education is key to economic development”, stated Chamber Executive Director Katie Ickes.  “School infrastructure and quality of education is a prime consideration for individuals and industry when considering relocation to our area.  Under his leadership, John Curry has made great strides in renovating and constructing state of the art facilities for our students. He has led the charge to integrate educational technology in the schools to prepare student for the 21st century workplace, which in turn impacts economic development through business recruitment and growth in our area. ”

Superintendent Curry’s life has been dedicated to education for 37 years, with the past nine as superintendent.  He was named WV Principal of the Year in 2000.  In Greenbrier County, he taught at WSS Jr. High and served as Counselor and Assistant Principal at Greenbrier East, Principal at Renick Junior High, Assistant Principal and Principal at Eastern Greenbrier Junior High, as well as Director of Personnel and Title 1.  His work ethic as superintendent is evident in the major accomplishments he has achieved including the transition to a middle school configuration, universal Pre-K, with 19 PreK-PreK Special Needs integrated classrooms, and 2 community collaborative classrooms.  Under his tenure, major renovations to White Sulphur Elementary, Smoot Elementary, and Greenbrier East have been completed, as well as new constructions of an auxiliary gymnasium at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School, and a new Ronceverte Elementary.  Construction underway includes Rainelle and Lewisburg Elementary Schools and Greenbrier West renovations.  Curry has also fostered the evolution of Chinese language instruction to all secondary schools in partnership with the Chinese Guest Teacher Program.

Superintendent Curry is Chairman of the RESA 4 Regional Council.  He is a model and source of guidance for superintendents throughout the state.  He is instrumental in identifying needs, developing plans and implementing programs such as the Substitute Teacher Training and Calling System, Uslope Training, and Guidelines for Employee Discipline.  He has been proactive in meeting with legislators to express concerns and encourage grant writing to meet needs throughout the RESA 4 region.  He also serves on the WVDE Globaloria committee to develop and promote technology instruction.

Superintendent Curry is active in his community through membership on the Greenbrier County Schools Foundation Board, Lewisburg Rotary Club and Trinity Methodist Church where he serves on the pastor-parish relations committee.  His wife Kim serves as a principal at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School and he has three daughters, Kaitlin, Kiersten and Mary-Kellan.

The keynote speaker for the Chamber Annual Dinner at The Greenbrier will be Carte Goodwin of Charleston, who filled Senator Robert Byrd’s seat on Capitol Hill prior to the election of Senator Joe Manchin and was recently nominated to the United States-China Economic Security Review Commission.  Please contact the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce office for more information about the event at 304-645-2818 or visit www.greenbrierwvchamber.org.

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