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Educators Hope Next Schools Chief Is From WV

Reported: Apr. 25, 2014 3:28 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Some educators don't have a problem with the West Virginia Board of Education conducting a national search for a new schools superintendent. They just suggest viable candidates can be found within the state's borders.

Doddridge County Schools Superintendent Rick Coffman told The Exponent Telegram that a wish list for any candidate must include a strong educational background, an extensive resume and a high level of integrity.

Incoming Harrison County schools chief Mark Manchin said if a search firm determines that no viable candidate is available in West Virginia, then he has no problem with a search being conducted outside the state.

But Manchin and Coffman said a West Virginian would be a logical choice to run the state's school system.

Current superintendent James Phares is retiring June 30.

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