EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMaryland Man Gets Nod As WV Schools Superintendent
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Reported: Jun. 26, 2014 8:50 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 1, 2014 1:52 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The West Virginia Board of Education has approved hiring Michael Martirano to serve as the state's next schools superintendent.
The board announced last week that Martirano was its top candidate. Media outlets reported that board members voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire him.
Martirano's appointment was effective Tuesday. He replaces Jim Phares, who retired on Monday.
Martirano formerly served as superintendent of St. Mary's County Public Schools in Maryland. He also has served as a teacher, principal and district superintendent in Maryland.
Educational executive leadership search company Ray and Associates Inc. engaged with 248 individuals regarding the position. Ultimately 64 candidates representing 43 different states submitted completed applications.
The West Virginia Board of Education is announcing its top candidate to serve as the next West Virginia's schools superintendent.
The board late Wednesday said it expects to nominate and elect Michael Martirano to the position on July 1. He will replace Jim Phares, who will retire June 30.
Martirano is serving in his ninth year as superintendent of St. Mary's County Public Schools in Maryland. He's currently is the longest-serving superintendent in Maryland.
Members of the board interviewed three finalists for the position on Tuesday.
They also had named deputy superintendent Charles Heinlein to serve until the position is permanently filled. He will return to his current position as after the schools chief is officially hired.
Martirano will be introduced to the public at a July 9 board meeting.
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