With resignations, big changes on state Board of Education

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With resignations, big changes on state Board of Education
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The president and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education have resigned effective immediately, according to a news release sent out around 7 p.m. Tuesday by the state Department of Education’s spokeswoman.

The move comes after Gov. Jim Justice, who was inaugurated Jan. 16, appointed board member Bill White as director of the state’s Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, and then filled White’s seat and two other board members’ seats.

Board member Tina Combs, of Berkeley County, saw her term expire in November of last year. Former board member and former first lady Gayle Manchin — whom Justice recently appointed as secretary of the Department of Education and the Arts, which is separate from the Department of Education that the board oversees — resigned after her term expired in November of 2015.

If Justice quickly fills now-former board president Mike Green’s seat and now-former board vice president Lloyd Jackson’s seat, he’ll have appointed a majority of the board’s nine voting members shortly after taking office and just as the state Legislative session is set to rev up this month.

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