State Superintendent Exceeds Board’s Expectations

June 05, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia Board of Education members on Thursday recognized state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine for what they describe as an “exemplary job.”  

The board conducted Paine’s yearly evaluation during its meeting, which took place this month at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney.  

“Dr. Paine’s job performance has been exemplary,” said Board President Delores W. Cook. “He has promoted West Virginia educational reform in America and internationally.  We are most fortunate to have a person of his caliber to head the state educational system. “

Through his leadership and guidance, Paine has established the West Virginia Public School System as a national leader. For example, West Virginia was the second state to join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The partnership's framework puts a special emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, global awareness and business literacy.

During Paine’s tenure as state superintendent of schools, the West Virginia Department of Education has updated its curriculum to include 21st century rigor, aligned its assessment system and is offering professional development to educators in 21st century teaching techniques.  

“Dr. Paine has a vast knowledge of current education issues and has a great ability to communicate and inspire,” Cook added.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.