March 2, 2020
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Clayton Burch, the newly named West Virginia superintendent of schools believes in a bright future for state schools, even if he is not in the same position for it.
Burch was named to the position without an interim or acting superintendent tag on February 21 in an emergency meeting to replace Dr. Steve Paine, who retired. That is because the state superintendent of schools is a constitutional office and state code requires it to be filled.
A national search is continuing for the position of a permanent superintendent, a position Burch can apply for. When asked recently on MetroNews ‘Talkline’ whether he would want the permanent position, Burch said, “I think we are in a great position, poised to do some great things. We have such alignment with the governor and the legislation right now.
“We have a wonderful board and department,” he continued. “A lot of the work I have put in over the years has really put us in the position to do some great things in the state.”