Text: Why Choose Wood County Schools?

Wood County, West Virginia, offers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural charm that can make it an attractive place to call home.

One of the main reasons to live in Wood County is its stunning natural surroundings. The county is home to several state parks and forests, including Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and North Bend State Park, which offer opportunities for hiking, boating, fishing, and camping. Additionally, the county is situated along the Ohio River, which provides opportunities for water recreation and scenic views.

Wood County is also rich in history, with several historic sites and landmarks, including Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, the Oil and Gas Museum, and the Parkersburg Floodwall Murals. The county has played an important role in the development of the region and the nation, and its history is celebrated and preserved through its many museums and historical sites.

The county has a strong sense of community, with several local events and festivals throughout the year, such as the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition, the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival, the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival, and the Taste of Parkersburg - the city's premier wine and food festival.

These events provide opportunities for residents to come together and celebrate their shared heritage and culture.

Wood County also has a diverse economy, with a mix of industries, including healthcare, education, and manufacturing. The county is home to several major employers, including WVU Medcine - Camden Clark Medical Center, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and Chemours Washington Works, which provide ample employment opportunities.

Finally, Wood County is situated in a convenient location, with easy access to major highways and airports, making it easy to travel to nearby cities such as Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or Charleston, West Virginia.

Overall, Wood County, West Virginia, offers a high quality of life, with natural beauty, historical significance, cultural charm, a strong sense of community, and ample employment opportunities. It can be an attractive place to live for those seeking a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle.

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Our community supports the work we do! The local community has supported excess levies for more than 70 years! Wood County citizens believe in the importance of public education.

We have more than 900 instructional personnel including classroom educators, psychologists, technology integration specialists, speech language pathologists and academic coaches.

We have more than 90 professional support personnel including school nurses, library media specialists, counselors, curriculum specialists, social workers and technology systems specialists.

We have 570 service support personnel supporting 16 elementary schools, six middle schools, three high schools, Distance Learning Academy, Summit Success Academy, and Wood County Technical Center.

  • Paid professional development conferences and other professional learning experiences

  • College coursework tuition reimbursement plan for any employee up to $800 per year

  • Reading resource, nurse and counselor in every building

  • National Board Certification supplements for educators and administrators of $3500 above state supplement

  • Unused sick leave bonus

  • Fully support educators with the implementation of new instructional resources

  • Excellent dental plan

  • Compensation for extra duties

  • Employee matching retirement pension

  • State public health insurance

  • School bus training & preparation opportunities

  • Nurse stipend for National Board Certified

  • First year employee mentorship

  • Community partnerships with WVCCU Stuff the Bus, Hall Financial Teacher Supplies, and grant opportunities from local organizations

  • Salaries competitive with higher paying counties in West Virginia

  • Accrued personal leave up to 10 days

  • Up-to-date instructional technology: All professional educators receive an iPad and MacBook for instructional use

Local Perks

  • Universities, colleges and technical centers to meet your needs including West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Marietta College, Washington State Community College, and nearby Ohio University

  • Within a mornings' drive of major metropolitan areas of Columbus, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Cincinnati

  • Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport direct flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport with 189 destinations, including 36 international locations

  • Short commute times and low traffic congestion

  • More affordable housing as compared to larger nearby cities

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Tomlinson Park, Williamstown

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Downtown Parkersburg

Diversity of Options

When life changes, our diversity of positions and choices of local communities bring value to working with Wood County Schools.

With 16 elementary schools, six middle schools, three high schools, specialized academies, maintenance, electrical, food service, technology and more, you are sure to find opportunities for when life takes a turn.

Mid-Ohio Valley Area Highlights

Museums & History

  • Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, Campus Martius Museum, Ohio River Museum, The Castle Historic House Museum, Oil and Gas Museum

  • Henderson Hall

  • Julia-Ann Square Historic District

  • Unique · Cauley & Peoples Mortuary Museum

  • Riverboat cruises, trolley tours, and sternwheeler tours on the Ohio River

The Arts

  • Smoot Theater, People's Bank Theater, The Theatre at Marietta College, Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theater, The Actor's Guild

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra - Parkersburg

  • Parkersburg Art Center

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Parkersburg Country Club Golf Course

Parks & Recreation

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Blennerhassett Hotel, Downtown

  • City Park, Mountwood Park, Point Park & North Bend State Park

  • Blennerhassett Island, Parkersburg to Pittsburgh Rails to Trails, Marietta River Trail, Wayne National Forest

  • Seven golf courses

  • Recreational sports leagues

  • Kayaking, biking, hiking, and horseback riding


  • Abundant fine dining, pubs and eateries including many ethnic options such as Lebanese, Filipino, Indian, Israeli, and Japanese cuisines

Learn More about Wood County and the Greater Mid-Ohio Valley

With a metro-area population of 145,000, the Mid-Ohio Valley and Wood County Schools have a lot of offer.

Explore our website to learn more about us and use these links to learn more about our community. Should you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (304) 420-9663.

Ready to get started?

We are always looking for passionate, creative, hard working, and driven employees.

Do you have an interest in Wood County Schools but have some questions? Reach out to our Human Resources Department by calling (304) 420-9670, extension 153. We look forward to hearing from you.