Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on December 12, 2012 @ 7:25PM
Created on December 12, 2012 @ 12:13PM
5 News Update (9:00 PM)
The state Board of Education decided Wednesday night to make Randolph County superintendent Dr. James Phares the acting state superintendent of schools while board members conduct a nationwide search.
Phares will take the post January 2.
The West Virginia Board of Education met Wednesday in Logan County for their monthly meeting to discuss the hiring process for the new state superintendent.
The board unanimously voted late Wednesday afternoon to conduct a nationwide search. They felt this was the best way to find the right candidate for the job, but they also nominated two people to fill the post until they finish their search.
Those two people are State Assistant Superintendent Kathy D'Antoni, and Randolph County Superintendent Dr. James Phares.
Both will be interviewed before the board makes their final decision on who will replace Jorea Marple, who was suddenly fired last month.
Right after that decision, board president Wade Linger said he'd like Phares to fill the position, but, the board came under heavy criticism for the way they made their decision.
That caused the board to vote again on the issue last last month, but the outcome was the same.
They took no action to replace Marple until Wednesday, when they decided the nationwide search was the best option.
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