Martirano will leave position next June

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Martirano will leave position next June
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Michael Martirano announced Tuesday that he is leaving his position as West Virginia’s 30th state schools superintendent on June 30, 2017, the end of the current fiscal year.

He's spent about two years in the role, during which the Department of Education he leads has defended from legislative attack the state’s Common Core-based math and English language arts standards and its new Common Core-aligned standardized tests, and struggled to enact consolidation and build new school facilities in the state-controlled Fayette County school system.

Martirano, who served as superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools, in Southern Maryland, for nearly a decade before coming to the Mountain State, submitted his resignation letter Tuesday.

“After much consideration and heartfelt discussion with my family, I have decided to resign my position as the State Superintendent of West Virginia,” Martirano said in a statement. “The past two years have been the most rewarding of my career and I could not be more proud of the work we’ve accomplished on behalf of our young people. Unfortunately, I have been challenged with personal family matters outside of my control and it is necessary for me to move closer to my family and my children and seek employment opportunities near them.”

“It is with a heavy heart that I accept Dr. Martirano’s resignation,” said Mike Green, head of the state Board of Education that hired Martirano, in a statement. “Dr. Martirano has done an outstanding job as our State Superintendent, has had positive impact on the state’s educational system and has mapped out a clear path for continuous improvement. Under his leadership, we have codified our College and Career Readiness Standards, we finally have a consistent and continuous assessment and accountability system, plus our students have shown gains in proficiency on assessments.”

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