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July-01-2014

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...

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...

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...

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