State BOE moving forward with replacement to Martirano

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State BOE moving forward with replacement to Martirano
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite sounding like he was having second thoughts about his decision to leave West Virginia, the state Board of Education fully expects state School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano to follow through with his previously announced resignation.

“I’m an honest person as the day is driven, I’m struggling with this decision so much. I’m so conflicted,” Martirano told “Talkline” Host Hoppy Kercheval Thursday.

But in a statement released late Friday to MetroNews from the state Department of Education, state School Board President Mike Green said the resignation was still in effect.

“The West Virginia Board of Education received and accepted Dr. Martirano’s resignation effective July 1, and I have no reason to believe anything has changed. The WVBE will be moving forward in its selection process to secure a new State Superintendent of Schools by July 1, 2017,” Green said.

Martirano announced last September that he planned to resign June 30, 2017. His wife, Silvana Martirano, died last year. She was 54. When he made his resignation announcement, Martirano said he wanted to be closer to his adult children.

Martirano also told Kercheval last Thursday, “I love working in West Virginia and I love our students and every day I think about this decision and it weighs on my heart tremendously.”