The board ultimately chose to conduct a national search for its new superintendent, but acknowledged such a hunt would take substantial time to complete.
Though not allowed by code to hire an interim superintendent, the board gave Phares the job with the understanding that he would serve until the conclusion of the broader search, which might not even happen, depending on whether the Legislature decides to change qualifications for the job that are set in code.
Board members also said in December that a national search might not provide enough quality candidates without those changes.
Both Phillips and Haden said in November their resignations would be effective Dec. 31, as they wanted to complete the board's response to the governor's education efficiency audit.
Haden recently told the Daily Mail she still planned to resign.
Phillips was appointed to the board in 2005 to fill a vacant seat, and was reappointed in 2007. Friday she said she has enjoyed her time on the board and will miss the friends she made along the way, but serving takes a great deal of time.
"It's in some ways a relief," Phillips said.
"If you want to be basically true to your commitment to serve on the board, you have a lot of preparation to do and a lot of time that you need to spend and be ready. You can't just walk in there," she continued.
In her letter, she said one of her priorities while on the board was providing for children in "out of home" situations. She asked the board to continue to try and help students in those circumstances.
Phillips said she plans to spend more time at her vacation home in Florida with her husband Bill.
The governor appoints board members for nine-year terms.
Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843, david.bouc...@dailymail.com or @Dave_Boucher1.