Retiree Anne Hercules Seeking for Ohio County BOE Seat

Anne Hercules worked for Ohio County Schools for over 40 years, and now she wants to be on the Ohio County Board of Education.

“I worked for Ohio County Schools for 41 years,” she said. “I want to keep helping the students if possible.” “I’m new to this, but I still want to participate.” I really enjoy spending time with children.

There are two seats on the board of education that people can vote for in the May 14 primary election. Hercules and Jessica Powers are running for office in the 1st Magisterial District. Another candidate, Bernie Albertini, lives in the 2nd Magisterial District. Out of the three candidates, two will be elected. The top two candidates with the most votes will be chosen, regardless of their district.

Hercules, who is 68 years old, was hired in 1981 to work as a custodian. Over the years, she worked her way up to become the coordinator for custodial services in the school district. Her work is based at Wheeling Park High School.

“I have spent a lot of time in schools, interacting with students, teachers, staff, and administrators,” she explained. “I know what Ohio County Schools need.” Hercules is a widower and has two stepchildren who graduated from WPHS. She has four grandchildren, three of whom graduated from WPHS.

One of them, Catherine Hercules, graduated from WPHS and then attended the West Virginia School of Medicine. She is currently working as a pediatrician in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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She has five great-grandchildren as well. Hercules says that one problem in the area is that a lot of young people are moving away.

“We are unable to retain faculty and staff because they choose to leave due to insufficient compensation from the county and state,” she explained. “I want to find a solution to ensure that teachers receive better pay so that they are more willing to work in Ohio County Schools.”

Hercules mentioned that her main concerns are the students and how to ensure they stay informed about robotics and technology.

“I understand that I’m not perfect, but I genuinely want to contribute in the best way possible to support the board of education,” she said. “I believe I am a strong candidate because I have gained extensive experience working with Ohio County Schools over the years.”

“Ultimately, it all comes down to the students.” Children can learn and have fun at their own level of schooling. “We have the tools that they need. They just need to come and take advantage,” Hercules added.

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