Wade Linger resigns State Board of Ed

By Sarah Plummer Register-Herald Reporter

West Virginia Board of Education Member Wade Linger has resigned his post with more than a year and a half left in his term, confirmed Board of Education Attorney Mary Catherine Tuckwiller.

Tuckwiller said his resignation was effective Tuesday.

In a statement sent to the Board of Education Wednesday, Linger said, “It is my belief that it is impossible for the state board to be effective in carrying out its mission under current conditions, particularly in the Legislature.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin must appoint someone to serve the remainder of his term, until November 2017.

Tuckwiller said a replacement must come from Linger’s congressional district, and can be from any political party.

There can be no more than five members appointed from either political party, she said.

Tomblin must also appoint a board member to fill Gayle Manchin’s spot. Manchin finished serving her complete nine-year term in November 2015.

If she wants, Manchin can continue to serve until her spot is filled.

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