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Martirano officially hired as state superintendent

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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 superintendent was Monday. Phares, a former Randolph County schools superintendent, was a short-term replacement for Jorea Marple, whom the state school board abruptly fired in November 2012. Marple is suing the school board over her dismissal.

Martirano told the Gazette last week that he plans to focus on getting more students to graduate from high school, and on closing the achievement gap between low-income and minority students and their classmates.

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