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K. Steven Kominar

Charleston, W. Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michele L. Blatt has appointed K. Steven Kominar to the Mingo County Board of Education (BOE) effective immediately. The vacancy resulted from the resignation of James Baisden in March 2024, and the County Board not naming a successor.

Kominar, a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force, was a business manager at Lee Sartin Trucking Company in Kermit, West Virginia, for 30 years. He also served nine terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Kominar is a previous board member of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, the Coalfield Community Action Partnership and the Mingo County Adult Education program, as well as other local organizations. He was the executive director of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority for three years.

“This appointment is important to the children, families and educators of Mingo County, and Mr. Kominar will serve faithfully to support the education community. He is a valued member of the community and will be an asset to the Mingo County Board,” said Superintendent Blatt. “I am grateful for him stepping into this role to ensure continuity in school operations. We know Mr. Kominar will provide expertise and make decisions based on the needs of our students.”

“I am truly honored that Superintendent Blatt has placed the trust in me that I can provide continuing service to my county. While this is an appointment that I will fill until the voters elect a permanent board member, I will approach this position as I have in the past – with compassion and a desire to promote Mingo County,” Kominar said.

A 38-year resident of Mingo County, Kominar holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and an MBA from Ohio State University. His term on the Mingo County Board of Education will expire in November 2024.

He has two adult children who graduated from Tug Valley High School and two grandchildren who attend school in the county.

For media inquiries, contact Christy Day, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, at 304-558-2699 or

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