Linger said that while Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has voiced his support to amending the qualifications, "it's impossible to predict" the outcome. Linger doesn't know whether the board would choose to move ahead with a nationwide search if the qualifications are not changed, as they are requesting.
"We want to do a serious national search, but the feeling for years has been that the way the qualifications are defined right now really limits that. There are very few people who meet those specific requirements outside of West Virginia," he said. "I'm a West Virginian, and most of us are. We would hope that ultimately, the person that rises to the top is a West Virginian, but I think it's just wrong to presuppose that that's the case."
At last month's meeting, Linger asked board members to prioritize what recommendations in the governor's sweeping education audit they feel the board should tackle first.
But by Wednesday's meeting, no board members -- except Jackson -- had submitted their suggestions.
"You get a gold star," Linger told Jackson.
Also at Wednesday's meeting, the board:
* Revised its 2014 budget to comply with a statewide 7.5 percent budget cut to state agencies. The state board is requesting that $1.1 million be reinstated for the Local Solutions Dropout Prevention and Recovery program.
* Voted to table decisions on improvements to facilities at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind. The agency is requesting $3.4 million for improvements, in addition to a new facility that's tailored to postgraduate students.
* Requested a national safety expert to help West Virginia schools with crisis response plans and facility security measures.
* Awarded full accreditation status to three Mingo County schools.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.