The state Board of Education has hired a new state School Superintendent completing a whirlwind day that began with the firing of Superintendent Dr. Jorea Marple.

State Board President Wade Linger released the following statement late Thursday:

The West Virginia Board of Education has appointed Deputy State Superintendent Chuck Heinlein as the new state superintendent of schools until the board is able to hire a longer-term individual to serve in that position.

State law does not allow the position to remain vacant.

Board President Wade Linger has indicated that at a special meeting called for Wed. Nov. 21 he will recommend the board hire Dr. James Phares to fill the position. Phares is currently the superintendent of Randolph County Schools.

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