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Firing, Phares on the agenda

BOE’s actions to be reviewed

November 29, 2012
Staff and Wire Reports

The West Virginia Board of Education is scheduled to meet to discuss both the firing of State Superintendent Jorea Marple and the possibility of hiring her replacement at 10 a.m. today in the Capitol Building in Charleston.

The Inter-Mountain is covering the meeting and will post an article and photos online at following the meeting's conclusion. Video from the meeting will also be posted online today.

The board voted 5-2 on Nov. 15 to dismiss Marple, less than two years after it unanimously selected her following a lengthy search process. Amid concerns about whether it complied with the state's open meetings law, the board plans to return to the topic today. The meeting's agenda also includes discussion of hiring a new superintendent.

The Randolph County school system was swept into the firing controversy when state Board of Education President Wade Linger said he wanted Randolph Superintendent Dr. James Phares to replace Marple.

Phares told The Inter-Mountain he will be in attendance at today's meeting in Charleston. Phares also said that the agenda for the Dec. 5 Randolph BOE meeting will include an action item for the board to consider Phares' resignation from his county post.



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