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3 Finalists Named For West Virginia Schools Superintendent


Three finalists have been named for the state schools superintendent position that Michael Martirano plans to vacate.

The state Department of Education says in a news release that the finalists are former state schools Superintendent Steve Paine, state career and technical education officer Kathy D’Antoni and Jackson County schools Superintendent Blaine Hess.

Paine served as state superintendent from 2005 until his retirement in 2010 at age 55.

D’Antoni was a finalist for the job after state schools Superintendent Jorea Marple was fired in 2012. Instead of picking D’Antoni, the board selected James Phares, who announced his retirement after only 15 months on the job.

Hess has been Jackson County’s superintendent since 2006.

Martirano announced last September that he will step down at the end of the school year.