Finalists for West Virginia's Top Education Position Announced

January 13, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) announced on Thursday three finalists for the state’s top education position. Jorea Marple, Mark Manchin and Carolyn Long are being asked to move onto the next phase of the state superintendent search.



Jorea Marple currently serves as the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) deputy state superintendent, Mark Manchin currently heads up the West Virginia School Building Authority, and Carolyn Long is chair of the West Virginia University Board of Governors. 
“We have a great responsibility in front of us as we search for our next leader,” said WVBE President Priscilla Haden. “As a board of education, we are going to be thorough and deliberate as we move forward.”    
The WVBE began its superintendent search in November 2010 when Dr. Steven Paine announced his retirement effective Jan. 3, 2011. Paine served as the state superintendent since 2005.
State law does not allow the board to appoint an interim superintendent. As such, Ted Mattern was hired as West Virginia’s superintendent in December 2010. Mattern will continue to serve in the capacity of state superintendent until the nationwide search is completed.
The WVBE expects to have a permanent superintendent in place by March 2011. Reference checks on the finalists and interviews will be conducted throughout January and February. 2011.
West Virginia's public school system includes 55 individual school districts, serving about 282,000 students in grades Pre-k-12 with an operating budget in excess of $2.5 billion.
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro, WVDE Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” 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.

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