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5 NEWS UPDATE: State BOE Affirms Superintendent Jorea M. Marple Firing
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 29, 2012 @ 7:12PM
Created on November 29, 2012 @ 1:40PM
 
Photo: West Virginia Department of Education Jorea M. Marple 
 
5 News Update: 
 
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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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's Board of Education is catching flak from teachers, union members and even former board members over the firing of Jorea Marple as state schools superintendent.
 
The board heard Thursday from 19 speakers who praised Marple while denouncing her Nov. 15 dismissal.
 
They included Raleigh County visual arts teacher Sandra Shaw. She and other speakers called for Marple's reinstatement.
 
The board then began meeting behind closed doors to discuss Marple's firing.
 
Concerns about whether the board had followed the state open meetings law prompted Thursday's meeting.  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.
 
Stay with 5 News for the latest updates.

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