"We have had many teachers who have been passed over in counties and called us and said, 'I don't understand why this person got the job over me,'" Campbell said.
Randolph County Schools Superintendent Terry George also denied accusations that his school staff skipped any hiring protocol in Tyler Phares' case, and said since the legislation passed in June, he's filled more than 40 positions using the process and no grievances have been filed.
George said Tyler Phares worked in the county as a teacher once before, but then moved to Virginia.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Tyler Phares graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a bachelor's degree in education in 2009.
"According to what I've heard, the integrity of Randolph County has been questioned, but we are consistent in our hiring process. We hire the best educator for each position, and our people are very satisfied and confident that the system is working," George said.
Campbell said she will continue to work for the passage of HB4394 during this legislative session, which ends in early March, and said it's crucial to ensure students are receiving the most-qualified teachers.
Delegate Mary Poling, D-Barbour and House Education chairwoman, said she was aware of the complaints about Phares, but it has not come up in committee discussions.
Poling said the new bill will help give schools more local control while ensuring transparency.
"Nothing has changed about flexibility. Nothing was changed about the process except the documentation -- it makes it more transparent and, in that case, I think it protects the process and it allows for due process when there's any question about what was done," Poling said.
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