Marockie Steps Down as State Superintendent
Posted: March 09, 2000
State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henry Marockie announced today that he was resigning his post as state school chief effective immediately. Marockie will continue his employment with the State Board through April 17 on special assignment to prepare for testimony in the ongoing school finance case Tomblin v. Gainer scheduled for April 3 in Kanawha County Circuit Court.
David Stewart was named to replace Marockie. Stewart has been an assistant state superintendent since July 1998 overseeing department administrative services. He worked as an administrative assistant with the West Virginia Department of Education from 1993-95 and served Kanawha County Schools as both an assistant and county superintendent.
Marockie said he was hopeful that this decision will end the relentless acrimony directed at the state education establishment and allow the State Board to focus on providing a high quality education for students. Marockie was appointed state superintendent in 1989.
The State Board accepted Marockie's resignation at the start of its monthly meeting today in Charleston. State Board President Cleo Mathews recognized Marockie for his 11 years of distinguished service to education as state superintendent.