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July 10, 2013

W.Va. preparing search for new schools chief

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Board of Education President Wade Linger said the board is moving forward with a nationwide search for a new state schools superintendent but members want to ensure that the hiring process is done correctly.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has agreed to develop a process for the board to follow. The board also plans to hire an outside consultant firm to conduct the search, Linger said.

“The last thing we want to do after all we’ve been through is to do this wrong,” Linger told the Charleston Gazette on Tuesday.

Board members hired James Phares as superintendent in December 2012 to replace Jorea Marple, who was fired a month earlier. But the board said at the time that it planned to conduct a nationwide search for a long-term superintendent.

“I understand that there may be people out there that would like to think we’d be moving faster, but we’re just kind of in that area between wanting to make sure we do it right and being perceived as dragging our feet,” Linger said.

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