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State Board of Education Announces State Superintendent Candidate

June 25, 2014

Statement from Gayle Manchin, Board President

During the last several months, the WVBE has been engaged in a thorough search process for a state superintendent of schools. As part of this process, our national search firm, Ray and Associates, Inc. engaged with 248 individuals regarding the position. From that pool, 64 candidates spanning 43 states submitted applications. The WVBE narrowed the candidates to ten, then five, and recently interviewed three finalists.

It is my expectation that on July 1, 2014, Dr. Michael Martirano will be nominated and elected as the state superintendent of schools. Serving in his ninth year as superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools in Leonardtown, Maryland, Dr. Martirano currently is the longest-serving superintendent in Maryland.

Dr. Martirano has served as a teacher, principal and district superintendent in Maryland. He was selected the 2009 Superintendent of the Year in Maryland and a 2010 Innovator of the Year by the Maryland Daily Record. He currently serves as President of the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland.

Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland, the grandson of a coal miner, Dr. Martirano understands the need for improved student achievement in West Virginia and has demonstrated a record of success in this area. He is an energetic and passionate leader, an excellent communicator, and possesses a unique set of skills, talents and experience that will positively impact West Virginia’s 282,000 students. The WVBE looks forward to introducing Dr. Martirano to the public at the July 9 WVBE meeting in Charleston.

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