NEW CUMBERLAND — Jerry Durante has announced in a press release that he has filed to seek election to the Hancock County Board of Education, where he currently serves as a board member.
Durante spent eight years as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Oak Glen High School.
He then worked at Weirton Steel for 29 years as the manager of security before retiring in 2002.
He worked next as transportation coordinator for the Hancock County school system for five years before accepting an appointment to the board of education to fill the unexpired term of another member.
Durante was also a member of the Hancock County Board of Eduction from 1974 to 1982 and served eight years as board president. Durante said that during his twelve years as a board member he has supported many positive initiatives for the students and employees of Hancock County schools, including the completion of the Comprehensive School Building Program, which featured upgrades and renovations to both Oak Glen and Weir High Schools and facility improvements to the other schools, as well major changes in curriculum in both vocational and core course offerings.
Durante said he spearheaded the successful implementation of eye and dental medical coverage for the county’s professional staff, which at the time was unique to Hancock County. He said he was also instrumental in securing state and federal funds for the successful completion of the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center and its subsequent state-of-the-art equipment.
Durante is a graduate of Madonna High School in Weirton. He also received his BA from the University of Steubenville with post graduate studies in school administration from West Virginia University.
Durante is a member of the Hancock County Retired School Personnel Association and the Oak Glen High School Advisory Committee. Durante has also participated in and chaired several civic advisory groups.
Durante currently resides in New Cumberland with his wife Lucille. He has two children, LaDonna Smith of New Cumberland and Damian Durante of Weirton, and five grandchildren, Trey, Brennan, and Sean Smith of New Cumberland and Joseph and Maryssa Durante of Weirton.