Randolph County Superintendent in Consideration for State Superintendent Job
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on November 16, 2012 @ 7:09PM
Created on November 16, 2012 @ 6:13PM
It's only been a day since the W.Va. Board of Education surprised everyone by firing superintendent Jorea Marple.
The board didn't say why they decided to get rid of Marple, who has been the head of our state's schools for more than a year.
But, one board member has made clear that he wants a local superintendent to take over the position.
Board president, Wade Linger, plans to appoint Randolph County Superintendent Dr. James Phares as the new state superintendent at a special meeting on Wednesday.
Phares told 5 News he will take the job, if it's offered to him.
Some media outlets are reporting the decision was politically fueled.
They're claiming the Manchins could possibly be responsible for the firing.
That's because Gayle Manchin is one of the people to vote in favor of getting rid of Marple.
Linger has denied these allegations.
No matter the case, the board must now replace her.
Right now, deputy state superintendent Chuck Heinlein is the acting superintendent.
But, just five days from now, the permanent replacement will be named, and Phares said he thinks he's the right man for the job.
"I want to do several things. Number one, bring the state board, the state department of education, the governor's office, and the legislature together to meet the challenge of responding to the audit, and to make the necessary changes to improve education," said Dr. Phares, Randolph County Schools Superintendent. "I've been known as a change agent that's been able to work with organizations to bring about systemic changes, and I'm known as results oriented, I get things done."
We also reached out to other local superintendents.
Rick Coffman, superintendent of Doddridge County Schools, said he thinks it's too early to tell if Marple's firing will affect students and educators around here.
"If it's someone that has knowledge, and is sympathetic and works well with people, then it could be a plus. If it's other people, it's possible another person wouldn't pay as much attention to North Central West Virginia," said Rick Coffman, Doddridge County Schools Superintendent.
Keep it to 5 News for the latest on this situation.
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