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Meet David Sneed, New Executive Director of the SBA


Gov. Tomblin appointed 22-year School Building Authority veteran David Sneed to head the agency this week.

Sneed served as the SBA’s chief of architectural services from 1990 until 2012 when he left for a position in the private sector, but Tuesday he returned to the state organization.

Of his role in the state’s education system, Sneed said he’s there to assist educators by providing them with the proper environment for students to learn. That environment, he added, is quickly changing because of new technology and teaching techniques.

“Project based learning is changing the way teachers teach every day,” Sneed said Tuesday.

“It’s not necessarily a 900 square foot classroom with 25 students and a teacher lecturing. Now, there are more activities.”

Those activities he said include students working collaboratively on hands-on projects.

There are age old issues on which Sneed said he will continue to focus, including school safety. Before he left the SBA in 2012, Sneed was a member of a statewide committee that implemented school access safety plans. The plans are now required in every county in the state and detail the security systems and safety plans each school has in place.

“In an open society you can’t solve all the problems, but we’re doing a great deal,” he said.

As for the politics involved in providing matching funds to build schools or improve existing ones across the state, Sneed said he’s ready for it. He added he will work closely with board members throughout the process to make sure they are following the proper evaluation procedures for new projects.

Sneed replaces former SBA Executive Director Mark Manchin who stepped down Monday to take over as Superintendent of Harrison County Schools.

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