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This Dec. 12, 2012 photo shows James Phares in Hamlin, W.Va. Phares was hired to serve as West Virginia Schools superintendent after the state Board of Education chose the Randolph County school chief Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The length of Phares' tenure, which would start Jan. 2, is unclear. The board also agreed Wednesday to conduct a national search for a long-term superintendent. (AP Photo/Charleston Daily Mail, Bob Wojcieszak)