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State BOE names Burch as interim state superintendent

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education met in emergency session Friday to appoint Deputy Superintendent Clayton Burch as interim state Superintendent of Schools.

The appointment followed a unanimous vote by the board to accept the immediate retirement of Superintendent Steve Paine.

Earlier this month Paine announced his intention to retire June 30, and board members announced an immediate start to the search for a new superintendent.

At Friday’s meeting, State Board of Education President Dave Perry read a letter from Paine saying he would retire immediately due to family health concerns.

Board members praised Paine and his work with West Virginia schools. Paine joined the state Department of Education in 2003 as deputy state superintendent of schools after serving as the superintendent of Morgan County Schools.

Paine is West Virginia’s 31st superintendent of schools. He returned to that position in March 2017, after previously serving in the same capacity from 2005-2011.

The West Virginia Department of Education sent a press release after the end of Friday’s emergency meeting, saying the board would “continue its national search for a superintendent.”

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