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Three Veteran Educators Selected as Finalists for State Superintendent

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March 22, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) announced today three finalists for West Virginia Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Mr. Blaine Hess and Dr. Steven Paine are being asked to move onto the next phase of the superintendent search. Each finalist will interview with the WVBE on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

All three finalists are veteran West Virginia educators with proven track records of improving academic success for students in the Mountain State.

D’Antoni, who currently serves as Chief Career Technical Education Officer at the West Virginia Department of Education, is credited with designing a new format for West Virginia’s career and technical schools, including the implementation of the “Simulated Workplace” program. D’Antoni holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in Educational Administration. She earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration and spent more than a decade in West Virginia’s community and technical college system. D’Antoni joined the West Virginia Department of Education in 2010.

Hess, who has served as superintendent of schools in Jackson County since July 2006, was named 2013 West Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the West Virginia Association of School Administrators (WVASA). He holds a B.A. in Music Education and an M.A. in Educational Leadership. Hess has served in Jackson County since 1997, building administrator at Ravenswood and Ripley high schools and as director of secondary schools for Jackson County prior to being employed as superintendent. Hess is a former president of WVASA and also worked at George Washington High School in Kanawha County.

Paine is currently the interim superintendent of Wayne County Schools. He previously served as West Virginia’s 25th Superintendent of Schools from 2005-2011. Paine joined the West Virginia Department of Education in 2003 as the deputy state superintendent of schools after serving as superintendent of Morgan County Schools. He has also served as principal, assistant principal, teacher and curriculum director in the Upshur and Harrison county school systems. Paine is the recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Paine holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Studies, and an M.A. in Educational Administration. He also holds a B.A. in Education.

“Each of the three finalists has a history of strong leadership and commitment to education in West Virginia,” said WVBE President Tom Campbell. “As a Board, we hope to move quickly with our search process to identify a leader who will continue to improve teaching and learning on behalf of the more 270,000 West Virginia students.”

The WVBE began its superintendent search in anticipation of the departure of Dr. Michael Martirano, who is completing his final year of service. Martirano has served as the West Virginia’s Superintendent of Schools since 2014.

The WVBE will convene a meeting at 9 a.m. on March 23, 2017 in Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia and each finalist has chosen to interview in closed session.

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