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Charles K. Heinlein
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Interim West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
Former officeholder
In office
July 1, 2014-September 15, 2014
PredecessorJames Phares
Base salary$165,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedJune 2014
Appointed byWest Virginia Board of Education
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Interim West Virginia Superintendent of Public Schools
November 16, 2012 - January 2, 2013
Bachelor'sWest Virginia Institute of Technology
Master'sUniversity of Dayton
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Charles K. Heinlein is the former interim West Virginia Superintendent of Schools. His term began on July 1, 2014 and he served until new superintendent Michael Martirano assumed the position in September.[1][2]

Heinlein previously served as the interim superintendent from 2012 to 2013, when James Phares was appointed to the position.[3]


Heinlein worked for 13 years as a social studies teacher at middle and high schools. He later served as the principal of three high schools over a 20-year period. Heinlein also has experience as an education consultant at districts throughout West Virginia. He served as the state's assistant superintendent prior to his appointment as interim superintendent.[4]


  • Bachelor's degree, social studies, West Virginia Institute of Technology
  • M.S., educational leadership, University of Dayton[4]

Political career

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools (2014)

Heinlein was selected as the interim superintendent in June 2014. He replaced James Phares, who announced his resignation in April. The West Virginia Board of Education selected Michael J. Martirano as the new superintendent on July 9, 2014, and Heinlein served until Martirano assumed the office on September 15, 2014.[1][2]

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools (2012-2013)

Heinlein served in an interim capacity in 2012 and 2013, pending the State Board of Education's appointment of a permanent replacement for Heinlein's former boss, Jorea Marple. She was fired by the board on November 15, 2012. Marple was appointed to the position by the state Board of Education on March 1, 2011.[5]



Heinlein was appointed as the interim West Virginia Superintendent of Schools by the West Virginia Board of Education in June 2014.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jorea Marple
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
November 16, 2012 - January 2, 2013
Succeeded by
James Phares
Preceded by
James Phares
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools
July 1, 2014 - September 2014
Succeeded by
Michael J. Martirano