ROANOKE, W.Va. — The search firm helping the the West Virginia Board of Education find its next state superintendent said it engaged with 248 individuals regarding the position.

From that pool, some 64 candidates spanning 43 states submitted applications.

“We were surprised to find that the majority of candidates applied because of West Virginia’s location and size,” said board president Gayle Manchin.

During a meeting at Stonewall Jackson Resort, the board went into executive session as Ray and Associates, Inc.—the company contracted to research the hire—outlined its evaluations of state superintendent candidates.

Having narrowed the pool, the state board hopes to complete its search by June 30, the day current superintendent James Phares’ resignation takes effect.

“We’re tremendously pleased not only with the number of candidates, but the level of quality of the candidates,” Manchin said.

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  • CentralWV

    If the state board was smart, they would pursue Carolyn Long!!!!!

    • vizio

      You mean the WVU Tech president? The one with no higher education credentials? No Ph.D.? Yep, she would be a great choice!

  • jm

    Am Guessing that New Harrison county supt Mark Manchin will be new supt of schools for the state

    • Elphaba

      A good prediction...

  • Gary Karstens

    I couldn't think of any one better than Jane Claymore to run our state schools. Here is to still hoping that Ms. Claymore gets the nod.

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  • peleliu

    Interview Question: When was the last year you taught classes in a public middle/high school and what was your students test scores and your teacher evaluation?

    • Mason County Contrarian

      As a retired educator my questions would be: "Considering your vast knowledge of education jargon and catch-phrases, what prompted you to leave the classroom?" AND "Describe the circumstances surrounding this epiphany when you determined that your gift was in administering rather than teaching".

  • thornton

    Was one of them Cecil Roberts?

  • wvu999

    If these "qualified" candidates want to get hired and keep the job then they must be puppets for the Manchin's.

    Former WVBOE president Wade Linger was from Marion County. The current one is from there and the wife of Joe Manchin and the current Superintendent was superintendent of Marion County. I guess you'll see all the Manchin connections there.

    Joe will be governor in 2016.

    This family can't stay out of the spotlight.

    Power hungry

    • wvu999

      Yes,grammar police, I screwed up. You'll isn't you all its you will. Guilty as charged.

  • js

    Gayle Machin you don't know anything about education. You have that position because of who you are related to, not because you are qualified.

    • Diaspora

      Come on.... It is a board position. It is not unusual to have board members and officers from outside the specific industry, private or public sector. Those that know about education are the people that work for the BOE... Not the appointed board members.

    • I'm honest at least