Mrs. Manchin, a former teacher, was appointed to the board by Gov. Joe Manchin and took her oath from Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine. She will serve a nine-year term ending in 2015.
“I accept this appointment with a true appreciation and reverence for the important work that lies ahead,” Mrs. Manchin said. “By joining the established members of the Board of Education, the quality staff of the Department of Education and especially Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Paine, we can work hand-in-hand with our state’s teachers to better prepare our children to meet the challenges of 21st Century Learning.”
The board's 12 members include nine citizens appointed by the governor and three non-voting ex-officio members — the state superintendent, the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. Board members serve overlapping terms of nine years, and no more than five citizen members may belong to the same political party.
“Mrs. Manchin has added value to education conversations in the state,” said Paine. “We look forward to working with her as a West Virginia Board of Education member.”
The West Virginia Board of Education is established in the West Virginia Constitution and is vested with general supervision of the state's elementary and secondary schools. The board meets monthly to determine state policies and to establish the rules that carry into effect state law regarding education. The state Board of Education also has general control, supervision and management of the business and educational affairs of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.