SBA's Mark Manchin to take Harrison County job

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By Jeff Jenkins

West Virginia School Building Authority Executive Director Mark Manchin told MetroNews Monday he expects to become the next school superintendent in Harrison County.

“I understand that Wednesday evening the offer will be made,” Manchin said. “And if the offer is made Wednesday evening I will accept.”

The Harrison County Board of Education is scheduled to meet Wednesday evening.

Manchin has been leading the SBA since 2006 when he left the superintendent’s job in McDowell County at the urging of his cousin then-Gov. Joe Manchin. Before McDowell County, Mark Manchin was school superintendent in Webster County.

Manchin said he’s loved his job at the SBA.

“We made a difference. We built nearly a billion dollars worth of schools during these last seven years and we’ve made schools safer.”

Manchin added his work isn’t done. He plans on being around for the next round of SBA funding this spring. He said another $55 million will be allocated to county school projects.

Manchin could begin in Harrison County around June 1.

“I’m excited about the opportunity and my love has always been directly with the children, the students, teachers and working with the service personnel, the community. That’s something I’ve been trained in and enjoyed,” the Marion County native said.

Manchin’s father was former statewide officeholder the late A. James Manchin. His mother still lives in Marion County.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin would be charged with appointing a next executive director at the SBA.