March 31, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 9


The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday chose the state’s 25th superintendent of schools to be the 31st superintendent. In a unanimous vote, the board chose Steven Paine to become the next superintendent over two other West Virginia finalists.

“Dr. Paine’s past experiences and knowledge of West Virginia’s educational landscape make him the ideal candidate to serve as superintendent of schools,” board President Tom Campbell said. “He is a proven leader who is committed to raising the bar for everyone involved in education, and the state board is confident in his ability to lead during this challenging time.”

Paine will begin his new job on Monday at a salary of $230,000 a year. He currently is serving as the interim superintendent of the Wayne County schools. From 2005 to 2011, he served as state superintendent. From 2003 to 2005, he served as a deputy state superintendent. Prior to working for the Department of Education, Paine served as superintendent of the Morgan County schools, as well as several positions in the Upshur County and Harrison County school systems, including as principal, assistant principal, teacher and curriculum director. He has a doctorate of education in educational leadership studies, a Master of Arts degree in educational administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.

“I am humbled to be appointed as the superintendent of schools and once again serve the students throughout West Virginia,” Paine said. “I am committed to ensuring that our education systems provides all children the opportunity for a world-class education and I look forward to working closely with the state board, Governor Justice, our lawmakers and educators to prepare the students of the Mountain State to be successful in life.”

Other finalists the board considered for the state superintendent’s position were Kathy D’Antoni, chief career and technical education officer at the Department of Education, and Blaine Hess, superintendent of the Jackson County schools.

Paine will succeed Michael Martirano, who has served as state superintendent since 2014. He announced several months ago that he would leave the position this year so he can move back to his native state of Maryland to be closer to family following the death of his wife.

Just in time for Thursday’s meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education, Gov. Jim Justice appointed two people to fill the final two vacancies on the board.

On Wednesday, Justice announced he had appointed Frank Vitale of Monongalia County and Jeffrey D. Flanagan of Kanawha County to the board. Since the beginning of the year, Justice has appointed six of the nine voting members of the board.

Vitale works as the chief human resources officer for Keylogic Systems, which is a professional services, engineering and technology company based in Morgantown. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the West Virginia National Guard. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and a Master of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University.

Flanagan has more than 25 years of experience as a salesman, professional musician and music teacher in Charleston. He has Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting, business management and computer management from the West Virginia Institute of Technology.