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Randolph County Superintendent 'Humbled' to be Considered for State Position

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The West Virginia Board of Education will decide next week at the earliest on its next state superintendent of schools.

Randolph County Schools Superintendent Dr James Phares has been mentioned as a possible successor to Jorea Marple.

Phares reportedly was planning to resign at last night's Randolph County Board of Education meeting.

He did not resign.

Phares said the state board wants to focus on the audit response at Wednesday's meeting.

"I look at the audit as a way of to stimulate dialogue and as a way to begin map out what needs to be done to make the positive changes at the state level, and the audit was very strong that there needs to be changes," Phares said.

Phares said the Randolph County Board of Education will wait on direction before taking the next steps.

He said the fact that he's being considered for the state job is humbling.

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The West Virginia Board of Education fired State Superintendent Jorea Marple earlier this month, and the president of the board indicated that he wanted Randolph County Superintendent Dr. James Phares to replace her.

Phares reportedly planned to resign from his Randolph County job at Monday evening's Board of Education meeting, but he did not.

He did, however, release a statement saying that he was humbled to be considered for the position of state superintendent.

"Everybody thinks this all happens overnight, I realize that it doesn't. They'll go through and there will be a process sometime next week, they may have a meeting. If they do, and they ask me to present myself before the board I shall do that, and then they will make a decision one way or the other" Dr. Phares said.

The West Virginia Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, November 21. The president of the board said last week that he will recommend Phares for the state superintendent position at that meeting.

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