State Board Of Education Will Conduct a Nationwide Search for New Leader

November 22, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – The West Virginia Board of Education will conduct a nationwide search for the new state superintendent of schools.

The deadline for receipt of applications in the Board's office is by 4:00 p.m. eastern standard time on January 3, 2011. Click for a link to the full job description.

The current superintendent, Dr. Steven Paine, announced last month that he will be retiring on Jan. 3. Paine began his teaching career in West Virginia in 1978 and has served as West Virginia’s superintendent of schools since 2005.

“It has been an honor to serve the students of West Virginia,” Paine said. “My decision to leave the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) comes after much deliberation but I know it is the right time to close this chapter of my educational career.” 

Under Paine’s leadership, West Virginia has been internationally and nationally recognized for its 21st century learning program called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it. Through Global21, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

Send application materials to: Priscilla M. Haden, President, West Virginia Board of Education, Capitol Building 6, Room 351, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305, facsimile (304) 558-0198, email:

For more information contact the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.  

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