The state Board of Education will discuss hiring a new state superintendent during its meeting Wednesday.
Among those in attendance will be Jim Phares, currently superintendent of Randolph County Schools and previously mentioned candidate for state superintendent.
In a phone interview Monday, Phares said he would be at the meeting. Board President Wade Linger said candidates could be interviewed Wednesday, but Phares might not be the only person considered.
"We're going to look at who shows up," Linger said Monday in a phone interview. "Another board member said they were potentially interested in nominating people for the job."
He declined to identify the board member.
Since Nov. 15 the board has voted twice to fire then-Superintendent Jorea Marple and appoint Deputy Superintendent Chuck Heinlein to the position. Although Linger suggested hiring Phares as superintendent hours after Marple was fired the first time, the board eventually decided to conduct a national search.
No one is certain how long a national search could take, Linger said Monday. He said right after Heinlein was appointed for the second time that the board wants someone else in the position during the search period.
"I think we're looking at a longer time period than we want to go without a serious leader in that seat," Linger said at the Nov. 29 meeting, quickly adding that he thinks Heinlein is serious.
After that meeting, board member William White said the board would look to hire a "short-term" superintendent to take over for Heinlein until a long-term solution was found.
On Monday Linger noted it's illegal to have an interim superintendent in West Virginia, but he agreed someone selected Wednesday would serve while the board conducts its national search.