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June 18, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays

West Virginia Board of Education members have narrowed the pool of candidates for the next state superintendent of schools down to three individuals, but they’re not making that list public.

In a statement Tuesday, the board said that it does not plan to release the names of the finalists in order to protect their privacy, but said it is “more than willing” to conduct public interviews if candidates so choose.

“The board acknowledges the new state...

June 23, 2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is waiting for the governor to fill a seat that’s been vacant for more than a year.

Priscilla Haden, a Republican from the 2nd Congressional District, resigned in December 2012 following the board’s firing of former Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple. About a month later, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin replaced another board member who resigned, Jenny Phillips, appointing Tina Combs, executive director of...

June 25, 2014

By Jessica Farrish 
Register-Herald Reporter

An agreement signed Tuesday between New River Community and Technical College and the West Virginia Department of Education is expected to be a first step in making the transition from high school to college more seamless, officials said Tuesday.

The “memorandum of understanding” signed by New River President Dr. L. Marshall Washington and Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, WVDE associate superintendent, at the Advance Technology Center in...

June 25, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After more than eight hours in private session interviewing three top finalists on Tuesday, the state Board of Education voted to extend its deadline for hiring a new state superintendent of schools.

The board announced that it will not meet its original July 1 deadline — which is when Superintendent Jim Phares will officially retire — and voted to hire Deputy Superintendent Chuck Heinlein to serve in the...

June 26, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Board of Education expects to elect Michael Martirano, who oversees a public school district in Maryland, as the next state superintendent of schools.

Martirano, who has served as superintendent for St. Mary’s County Public Schools in southern Maryland for nearly a decade, will be nominated for the West Virginia job on July 1, and is expected to be elected that day, according to a press release from the state...

June 27, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

The man expected to be West Virginia’s next schools superintendent says his primary focus will not only be graduating more students but closing the achievement gap shown by poor and minority students.

In West Virginia, more than half of all students live at or below the poverty line, while the 10 percent of students who are minorities score lower on tests than their classmates.

In Southern Maryland’s St. Mary’s County, the...

June 27, 2014

By Roger Adkins 
The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — The Harrison County Board of Education wants traditional mathematics courses to count toward graduation in Harrison County.

The issue was discussed during a 4 p.m. board meeting Wednesday at Harrison County Schools’ central offices on E.B. Saunders Way.

Barring any developments, it was the final meeting for the board in its current form, as well as for Superintendent Susan Collins. Three new members will join the...

June 30, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Michael Martirano, who is expected to be elected as the new West Virginia schools superintendent on Tuesday, is leaving his district in Maryland at a controversial time, following an investigation into the school system’s $6 million budget deficit.

In April, the St. Mary’s County Commission, located in Southern Maryland, released a statement responding to the school district’s deficit, saying that an investigation was necessary...

June 30, 2014

By Aaron Payne 
WV MetroNews

On Tuesday, the West Virginia Board of Education will vote on approving Dr. Michael Martirano as the new State Superintendent.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he thinks the hire is a good move.

“It looks like he’s had some great accomplishments and successes in Maryland in, really, the kind of areas very similar to what most of West Virginia is,” he said. “With the extensive search that they did, I think the board did make the right decision...

July 1, 2014

By Staff reports 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Michael Martirano was officially hired as West Virginia’s next superintendent of schools today.

Members of the state Board of Education unanimously approved Martirano’s hiring at a meeting this morning. Martirano, who was superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools in southern Maryland for about a decade, will have an annual salary of $230,000.

He will replace Jim Phares, whose last day as...

July 1, 2014

By WV MetroNews Staff 

The new executive director of the state School Building Authority is David Sneed, the SBA’s former chief of architectural services who served from 1990 until 2012. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Sneed’s appointment on Monday.
“David is no stranger to West Virginia’s School Building Authority and played a key role in developing a number of planning mechanisms currently used by educational planners and architects in West Virginia,” Tomblin said in a...

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