State BOE to discuss superintendent search in the new year

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State BOE to discuss superintendent search in the new year
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education plans to discuss the search for a new state school superintendent in the New Year.

Mike Green, president of the state school board, told MetroNews the board will meet soon to discuss those plans following the resignation of current Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

“We’ll surely be meeting over the next month or so and decide what our next course of action is going to be, but no decisions have been made,” Green said.

Martirano, who announced his resignation in September, will leave the position June 30, 2017. He said he plans to move closer to his family in Maryland following the death of his wife Silvana.

Green said he gives Martirano a lot of credit for his two years as the state’s 30th Superintendent of Schools.

“He’s done an outstanding job of being a great leader and has also provided us with a lot of wonderful solutions, so we’re happy with that,” Green said. “We expect that we will continue with a lot of the programs that were created over the last couple of years.”

The board, Green said, wants to make sure they select the best candidate for the job.

“Obviously this is a very, very important thing for us to do. We want to make sure that we look at all of our options with the goal always being to select the best person we possibly can to be the Superintendent of Schools in the great state of West Virginia,” he said.