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W.Va.’s 28th school chief to take oath of office

Jan. 02, 2013 @ 08:11 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is poised to officially welcome its 28th superintendent of schools.

James Phares is scheduled to be sworn in Wednesday in Charleston. He most recently served as superintendent of Randolph County Schools.

The veteran educator will earn $165,000 annually to oversee the state’s 55 county school districts. They serve about 282,000 students in preschool through grade 12.

The state’s last permanent school chief, Jorea Marple, was abruptly fired in November, prompting the resignation of two West Virginia Board of Education members in protest. They dissented when the board voted to dismiss Marple. She was selected to oversee the state’s school system in February 2011.

The board cited a desire to go in a new direction with new leadership.



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