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Phares set to attend state board meeting

November 28, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares will be in attendance at the West Virginia Board of Education meeting slated for Thursday.

Phares said the state board asked that he be present at the meeting.

"I have been requested to present myself to the state board at that time," Phares said. "I believe they will have a review of my candidacy for state superintendent."

The Randolph County school system was swept into controversy after the state board fired former State Superintendent Jorea Marple Nov. 15. After her firing, state Board of Education President Wade Linger said he wanted Phares to replace Marple.

The agenda for Thursday's meeting has two items slated for action in relation to the firing of Marple and the hiring of a new superintendent. The first item is "Reconsideration of Termination of State Superintendent of Schools, including public comment" and "Consideration of Hiring a New State Superintendent."

"I have reviewed the agenda and it appears they are going to correct any deficiencies they made in the termination," Phares said. "It also appears they will reconsider. They have to take another vote."

Phares said in preparation for the meeting on Thursday, a Randolph County Board of Education agenda will be released today with an action item for the board to consider Phares' resignation from his post. The agenda will be for the Dec. 5 Randolph BOE meeting.

"We will have an agenda come out on Wednesday for the local board to potentially consider my resignation," he said. "It could change depending on what happens in Charleston."

Marple's firing led to a petition filed with the West Virginia Supreme Court to have her reinstated to her post.

Local board members said last week that Randolph County Schools would have to wait to see what action the state takes before making any decisions concerning the future of the superintendent in Randolph County. Board member Ed Tyre told The Inter-Mountain that he agreed with the firing of Marple, but did not agree with how the action was taken.

The state board will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Capitol Building 6, Room 353 in Charleston.

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