CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education is set to interview candidates for the state superintendent of schools in meetings Thursday and Friday in Charleston.
The board narrowed the list of candidates last week in a meeting with the firm it hired to help in the nationwide search, Ray and Associates, Inc. Sixty-four people submitted applications from 43 states.
“We were surprised to find that the majority of candidates applied because of West Virginia’s location and size,” state School Board President Gayle Manchin told MetroNews following the meeting at Stonewall Resort.
Manchin has previously said the board hopes to hire a new superintendent by July 1. Current Superintendent Jim Phares is retiring. Phares gave his last report to the board at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday.