March 14, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Emails between the president of the state Board of Education and acting superintendent of schools Jim Phares show the two men were communicating about the possible replacement of then-Superintendent Jorea Marple for two months before she was fired.
Board President Wade Linger says he asked first Phares for a biography because he was aware of his credentials. But he says the idea of replacing Marple goes further back, to the review of a March 2012 education-efficiency audit.
Marple was fired Nov. 15, five months after a positive performance review. Her attorneys say she will sue.
The parents of a student have also sued, arguing the board broke open-meeting laws.