JOREA MARPLE FOLLOWUP Emails Detail Communications About Replacing Marple Before She Was Fired
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Feb. 8, 2013 4:25 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 8, 2013 4:31 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Emails between the president of the state Board of Education and acting superintendent of schools Jim Phares show the two men were communicating about the possible replacement of then-Superintendent Jorea Marple for two months before she was fired.
The Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail obtained emails dating to September under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Board President Wade Linger said he asked first Phares for a biography because he was aware of his credentials. But he said the idea of replacing Marple goes further back, to the review of a March 2012 education-efficiency audit.
Marple was fired Nov. 15, five months after a positive performance review. Her attorneys say she will sue.
The parents of a student have also sued, arguing the board broke open-meeting laws.
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