The board hired Superintendent Jim Phares to serve in the interim, after its members voted to abruptly fire Jorea Marple in November 2012. Marple is now suing the board for unlawful termination.
Board members says they hope to select a new superintendent by June 5, with plans to hire a firm to conduct a national search for the candidate as soon as this month, according to the timeline.
Donna Peduto, who was hired last year as the state board's first-ever director of operations, has overseen the board's work on Tomblin's education agenda. She said, while the timeline is a living document -- with dates subject to change -- it's a symbol of the board's progress.
"We think this is a very straightforward, step-by-step timeline of everything we committed to do in SB 359, as well as through the governor's letter," Peduto said at Wednesday's board meeting. "We plan to share this with the Legislature. Some of these dates may change, but it shows we are being held accountable."
Also at Wednesday's board meeting:
• Members approved the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission concussion policy, which requires a certified medical professional to clear student athletes before they return to school sports.
• The board approved a resolution in support of the Cedar Lakes Conference Center, handing operations over to the Cedar Lakes Foundation to "re-imagine" the center and continue operations.
• The board hired a new Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) 4 executive director, David Warvel, at an annual salary of about $94,000.
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