CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is announcing its top candidate to serve as the next West Virginia's schools superintendent.
The board late Wednesday said it expects to nominate and elect Michael Martirano to the position on July 1. He will replace Jim Phares, who will retire June 30.
Martirano is serving in his ninth year as superintendent of St. Mary's County Public Schools in Maryland. He's currently is the longest-serving superintendent in Maryland.
Members of the board interviewed three finalists for the position on Tuesday.
They also had named deputy superintendent Charles Heinlein to serve until the position is permanently filled. He will return to his current position as after the schools chief is officially hired.
Martirano will be introduced to the public at a July 9 board meeting.