UPDATE: WV Board of Education votes Michael Martirano as new sup - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

UPDATE: WV Board of Education votes Michael Martirano as new superintendent

Posted: Updated:
  • EducationMore>>

  • Caridi spends a lifetime calling the Mountaineers

    Caridi spends a lifetime calling the Mountaineers

    Sunday, July 27 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-27 19:00:23 GMT
    This year’s college freshmen have never heard another play-by-play announcer for West Virginia University. All of their lives, Tony Caridi has been calling Mountaineer football and men’s basketball games on the radio.
    This year’s college freshmen have never heard another play-by-play announcer for West Virginia University. All of their lives, Tony Caridi has been calling Mountaineer football and men’s basketball games on the radio.
  • ‘Voice of the Herd’ enters 19th season at MU

    ‘Voice of the Herd’ enters 19th season at MU

    Sunday, July 27 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-27 19:00:20 GMT
    His first season as play-by-play sportscaster at Marshall University had remarkable results.
    His first season as play-by-play sportscaster at Marshall University had remarkable results.
  • College Summit marks strong decade

    College Summit marks strong decade

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:00:13 GMT
    For more than 10 years, College Summit West Virginia has been helping make higher education more attainable for 37,000 students who have participated in the program.
    For more than 10 years, College Summit West Virginia has been helping make higher education more attainable for 37,000 students who have participated in the program.

UPDATE, 2:45 p.m., July 1:

The West Virginia Board of Education confirmed July 1 that its members have hired Michael Martirano as the new state superintendent of schools.

A board of education spokesperson said the vote for Martirano, a Maryland native, was unanimous.

Original Story, June 25:

The West Virginia Board of Education is ready to announce the name of its likely selection for state superintendent.

A statement from WVBE President Gayle Manchin June 25, describes the WVBE search process and announces the “expectation” that Michael Martirano “will be nominated and elected as the state superintendent of schools.”

The announcement came a day after the department selected Charles Heinlein, deputy state superintendent, to serve as state superintendent on a temporary basis so James Phares could retire from the post June 30. Click HERE for our coverage of that story.

The national search firm Ray and Associates Inc. “engaged with 248 individuals,” according to the news release, and 64 candidates from 43 different states submitted applications for the position.

Martirano is serving in his ninth year as superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools in Leonardtown, Maryland, according to the news release, and he currently is the longest-serving superintendent in Maryland. Martirano has served as a teacher, principal and district superintendent in Maryland and currently serves as president of the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland.

“Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland, the grandson of a coal miner, Dr. Martirano understands the need for improved student achievement in West Virginia and has demonstrated a record of success in this area,” the news release states. “He is an energetic and passionate leader, an excellent communicator and possesses a unique set of skills, talents and experience that will positively impact West Virginia’s 282,000 students.

“The WVBE looks forward to introducing Dr. Martirano to the public at the July 9 WVBE meeting in Charleston.”