State Board Of Education Announces New State Superintendent Of Schools

June 22, 2005

Dr. Steven L. PaineCharleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education today announced its unanimous vote for the new state superintendent of schools. Dr. Steven L. Paine has accepted the top position at the West Virginia Department of Education.  

Paine is currently the Deputy State Superintendent of Schools at the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). He joined the WVDE in 2003 after serving as county superintendent in Morgan County. He has also served as principal, assistant principal, teacher and curriculum director in Harrison, Upshur and Morgan counties. Most recently, Paine has helped lead state school improvement efforts. Paine is also a recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award.  

Steve Paine

“This is an exciting time for education in our state,” said Paine “Student achievement is on the rise but I understand that I have a big job ahead of me especially regarding the continued implementation of No Child Left Behind, closing the achievement gap and mathematic achievement initiatives. I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve the students of West Virginia.”  

Paine will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Governor, the Legislature, the business community, citizens, parents, teacher and educational organizations, county superintendents and local school boards to identify key educational challenges; demonstrating sensitivity to the needs of students and staff from differing geographic, economic, racial, cultural and special needs backgrounds; and having a track record of actively promoting and improving student achievement from every level of academic preparation and learning style.  

Steve Paine

The full Board, acting as the Search Committee, began its nationwide superintendent search following the retirement announcement in March by State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart. Stewart is scheduled to retire at the end of June.  

“This was a tremendously important decision to make,” said Sandra Chapman, Search Committee Chair and immediate past president of the West Virginia Board of Education. “Each of the three finalists brought a great deal of experience and educational expertise to the table.”  

Paine is expected to step into his new position on July 1, 2005.

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