CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Board of Education president Wade Linger says an outside consulting firm will be hired to conduct a nationwide search for a new state schools superintendent.
Linger also says Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has agreed to develop a process for the board to follow for the search.
He tells the Charleston Gazette that it's important to go through the process correctly.
Board members hired James Phares as superintendent in December 2012 to replace Jorea Marple, who was fired. But the board said at the time that it planned to conduct a nationwide search for a long-term superintendent.
During the 2013 regular session, the Legislature dropped a requirement that a superintendent's master's degree has to be in education administration. Lawmakers also removed the $175,000 salary cap for the position.