W.Va. Ed Board Affirms Superintendent Firing

By: West Virginia AP Email
By: West Virginia AP Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Board of Education has affirmed its firing of Jorea Marple as state schools superintendent.

The board voted 6-2 Thursday after public comment sharply critical of Marple's ouster. Nineteen people stood to praise Marple, denounce her firing or call for her reinstatement.

Thursday's vote followed a 90-minute closed door session by the board. Member Lloyd Jackson joined the five who had voted to fire Marple at a Nov. 15 meeting.

Concerns about whether the board had earlier followed the state open meetings law prompted Thursday's discussion. A pending legal challenge asks the Supreme Court to void Marple's firing under the open meetings law.

Thursday's meeting agenda also includes the hiring of a new superintendent. Board President Wade Linger has endorsed Randolph County schools chief James Phares for the job.

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