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WV Schools Superintendent James Phares To Retire June 30

Reported: Apr. 1, 2014 1:11 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 1:57 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia schools Superintendent James B. Phares plans to retire on June 30.

Department of Education communications office secretary Christine Galusha said Phares announced his retirement Tuesday in a letter to state Board of Education President Gayle Manchin.

Phares was appointed to the position after the ouster of Jorea Marple in November 2012.

Phares oversaw a Department of Education budgeted for $2.6 billion annually that directs school systems in the state's 55 counties.

He arrived in his job shortly after the board embraced the bulk of a sweeping review that found the state education system heavy with state-level staffers and policies made inflexible by laws, but light on student achievement.

Phares and Marple didn't immediately return telephone messages Tuesday.

Phares' retirement was first reported by The Exponent Telegram.

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