Who wants to be West Virginia's superintendent of schools?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top education officials are dispelling rumors that they’re interested in becoming West Virginia’s next superintendent of schools, including outgoing School Building Authority Director Mark Manchin and members of the state Board of Education, tasked with choosing the superintendent.

Last week, Superintendent Jim Phares announced his plans to retire this summer — an expected move, since the Board of Education said he would serve in the position only temporarily after the abrupt firing of then-Superintendent Jorea Marple in late 2012. Phares will have served as superintendent for at least 18 months, by the time he retires.

Officials acknowledge that the controversy with Marple, who is suing the school board for wrongful termination, has fueled public mistrust of the board.

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