- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia officials are introducing the state’s next schools superintendent.

The West Virginia Board of Education and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday officially welcomed Michael Martirano.

The board voted unanimously last week to hire him to replace Jim Phares, who retired last week.

Martirano formerly served as superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools in Maryland. He also has served as a teacher, principal and district superintendent in Maryland.

Educational executive leadership search company Ray and Associates Inc. engaged with 248 individuals regarding the position. Ultimately 64 candidates representing 43 different states submitted completed applications.

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