State school board seat vacant for more than year

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education is waiting for the governor to fill a seat that’s been vacant for more than a year.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s spokesman, Chris Stadelman, says there are statutory requirements that must be met before someone can be appointed.

Stadelman tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the governor is reviewing the vacancy.

Priscilla Haden, a Republican, resigned from the board in December 2012.

State code requires that no more than five Board of Education members may belong to the same political party. They also cannot be members of a political party executive committee, and cannot hold any other public office or be state or federal employees.

Board of Education president Gayle Manchin says the board hopes the seat is filled soon.

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