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By: Anna Baxter, Cathleen Moxley, The Associated Press Email
By: Anna Baxter, Cathleen Moxley, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 4/4/13 @ 12:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Former West Virginia Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple's lawsuit over her firing will be heard in federal court.

Marple sued the state Board of Education in Kanawha County Circuit Court in February.

The Associated Press reports that the case was moved to U.S. District Court on Friday.

The state board requested the transfer. In a filing last week, the board argued that Marple claims her rights were violated under the U.S. Constitution.

Marple's lawsuit alleges that she was denied due process when she was abruptly fired last November. The lawsuit also says the dismissal's handling wrongly damaged her reputation.



UPDATE 2/1/13 @ 12:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A longtime West Virginia educator has filed the lawsuit she threatened over her firing as state schools superintendent.

Jorea Marple sued the state Board of Education on Friday in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Marple alleges she was denied due process when she was abruptly fired during a November board meeting.

The lawsuit also says the dismissal's handling has wrongly damaged her reputation.

Following the firing, the board referred to lagging student performance and a desire to head in a new direction with new leadership. But the board also said it was not assigning blame for the state's poor education rankings.

Two board members, Priscilla Haden and Jenny Phillips, resigned to protest Marple's firing. The state Supreme Court earlier rejected a petition filed by two school parents seeking to undo her dismissal.



UPDATE 2/8/13 @ 9:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- 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 Associated Press obtained emails dating to September under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Board President Wade Linger says he asked first Phares for a biography because he was aware of his credentials. But he says 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.



UPDATE 2/1/13 @ 12:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Fired state schools superintendent Jorea Marple has received her first retirement benefits from the state.

The Associated Press reported Marple and her husband, former state attorney general Darrell McGraw, applied for benefits for their years of public service. McGraw, a Democrat, lost in the November election.

Marple and McGraw together will receive more than $180,000 a year in pensions. The newspaper obtained the figures from the Consolidated Public Retirement Board through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Board Executive Director Jeff Fleck says Marple started receiving $8,921 a month in January from the Teachers Retirement Fund. McGraw will receive $6,227 a month from the Public Employees Retirement System.

Marple's attorneys told the state Board of Education in late December that she plans to sue over her firing.



UPDATE 1/18/13 @ 5:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Berkeley County resident Tina H. Combs has been appointed to the state Board of Education.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Combs' appointment Friday.

Combs will replace Jenny Phillips. Phillips and board member Priscilla Haden resigned last month over the handling of Jorea Marple's abrupt firing as state schools superintendent. Phillips and Haden had voted against Marple's firing.

According to a release from Tomblin's office, Combs has served as president and CEO of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. She's a past chairwoman of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors and served as treasurer of the Berkeley County Business Education Partnership.

Combs earned a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and development from Mountain State University.



UPDAE 1/16/13 @ 7:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Supreme Court won't consider a petition that challenged the firing of former state Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple.

The justices voted unanimously last Friday to refuse to hear the petition filed by Mountain State Justice on behalf of the parents of a special-needs child.

The petition claimed the state Board of Education violated the state's open meetings law when it fired Marple last November. It asked the court to void the decision and to temporarily reinstate Marple until a hearing could be held.

Mountain State Justice attorney Bren Pomponio says that the law firm hasn't decided how it will proceed with the case.

Marple's attorneys notified the board in late December that she plans to sue over her firing.



UPDATE 1/4/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple tells the state Board of Education in a letter that it should either reinstate her or present evidence of something she did that warranted her abrupt termination in November.

The letter was sent Thursday, a day after four prominent attorneys notified the state Department of Education that Marple planned to sue over her firing.

Thursday's letter clarified that she planned to sue the school board. The notification is required when suing a state entity.

The latest letter demands her job back, a formal finding by the board that it fired her inappropriately and an undisclosed amount of money for wrongful termination.

An education department official has said it would be inappropriate to comment before seeing any litigation.



UPDATE 1/2/13 @ 5:14 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A longtime educator recently fired as West Virginia's state schools superintendent plans to sue over her dismissal.

Lawyers for Jorea Marple notified the state Department of Education of the pending lawsuit on Wednesday.

The state Board of Education abruptly voted to fire Marple in November, less than two years after unanimously selecting her for the job. Marple's lawyers say her termination was illegal.

The letter provides the 30-day advance notice required by law before a state agency can be sued in most instances. The department declined immediate comment.

Two Boone County parents earlier petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the firing. That filing alleges the board violated the state open meetings law. That case is pending.

James Phares is Marple's successor as superintendent. He took his oath on Wednesday.



UPDATE 1/2/13 @ 11:05 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ & AP) -- West Virginia has a new state school superintendent.

James Phares was sworn in during a ceremony Wednesday at the State Capitol in Charleston. Phares will serve as the interim superintendent until the board wraps up its nationwide search for a long-term replacement.

Phares will replace Chuck Heinlein, a deputy superintendent who was asked to fill in after the board fired Jorea Marple in November.

The former county schools chief pledged to develop an action plan by day's end for his first month in office.

Phares vowed Wednesday to work to heal wounds at the Department of Education.

Besides Marple's sudden ouster, the department has come under fire following an audit that found West Virginia's public schools bogged down by bureaucracy and inflexible education laws.

Phares will become West Virginia's 28th superintendent. He formerly served as Randolph County's superintendent.



UPDATE 12/28/12 @ 5:26 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia Board of Education members have followed through on their vows to resign over the firing of the state schools superintendent.

Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden dissented when the board voted last month to dismiss Jorea Marple as schools superintendent.

Other board members have cited a desire to change direction. The board had unanimously selected Marple for that job in February 2011.

Each resigned in letters sent Thursday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Phillips wrote that the board displayed a lack of caring or consideration. She also called the firing an illegal action. A pending court challenge alleges the board violated the state open meetings law.

Haden said she abhors the handling of Marple's firing. Her term was to expire next year, and Phillips' term in 2016.



UPDATE 12/27/12 @ 12:48 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's new schools superintendent will be sworn in next week.

The swearing-in ceremony for James Phares will be held Jan. 2 in the West Virginia Board of Education Room at Building 6 at the Capitol Complex.

Phares will replace Chuck Heinlein, a deputy superintendent who was asked to fill in after the board fired Jorea Marple in November.

Phares will become West Virginia's 28th superintendent. He formerly served as Randolph County's superintendent.



UPDATE 12/12/12 @ 9:30 p.m.
HAMLIN, W.Va. (AP) -- The state Board of Education has voted to hire James Phares as West Virginia's new schools superintendent.

The board chose the Randolph County school chief on Wednesday over Kathy D'Antoni, a state assistant superintendent.

However, the length of Phares' tenure is unclear. The board also agreed Wednesday to conduct a national search for a long-term superintendent. That plan calls on the Legislature to revisit the job's qualifications and duties.

Phares fielded questions ahead of the vote on topics such as spending, leadership and the much-discussed audit of West Virginia's education system.

The board also interviewed D'Antoni Wednesday, but behind closed doors.

The board abruptly fired Jorea Marple as superintendent last month. A pending Supreme Court petition challenges her dismissal.

Phares will take over from Charles Heinlein, a deputy superintendent.



UPDATE 11/30/12 @ 1:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The parents of a special-needs child want the West Virginia Supreme Court to let them refile their complaint about the firing of state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple.

James and Michelle Hicks claimed Friday that a second vote affirming the firing has a direct bearing on their case.

They sued last week, accusing the state Board of Education of violating West Virginia's open meeting laws. They sought to block the naming of a new superintendent until a hearing is held and wanted Marple temporarily reinstated.

The couple now argues Thursday's board vote was a ceremonial ratification of an illegal act. They also want to argue that's not good enough to cure the violation the board committed.

The board's response to the initial complaint was due by the end of Friday.

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UPDATE 11/29/12 @ 6:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozens spent Thursday trying to stop the West Virginia board of education from firing superintendent, Dr. Jorea Marple, but the board's decision stood strong.

“We finally had our champion,” Sandra Shaw, a teacher, said about Marple.

There was standing room only as teachers, parents and state education leaders showed their support for Marple.

They say they’re outraged at the board's action of firing Marple two weeks ago behind closed doors. So to honor the open meeting's law -- they had to vote again. This time, the public was allowed to comment.

“I'm deeply saddened as a parent that we have lost someone who is a visionary,” Karen Ireland, a parent, said.

“You're simply looking for someone who will do exactly what you say without question,” WVEA president Dale Lee said to the board.

The crowd showed more disapproval when they voted to go into executive session before voting.

“That's what caused all this trouble to start with. They want to hide from the public,” Julian Martin, a Marple supporter, said.

After leaving executive session, the board voted six to two to terminate Marple.

Board member Priscilla Haden voted against firing Marple, but is happy with the choice to do a nationwide search.

“We have to really get the very person qualified for this job,” Haden said.

Marple supporters asked for an explanation and an apology for how it was first handled.

Board president Wade Linger says a lack of progress and not enough action were some of the reasons for firing Marple.

“If I’ve made any mistakes over the past couple of weeks, I apologize to the people of West Virginia,” Linger said.

The board will discuss the nationwide search for a new superintendent when they meet again in December.

In the meantime, deputy superintendent Chuck Heinlein will serve in that role.

Board members say in order to get the best person for the job; they expect that search to take a long time.



UPDATE 11/29/12 @ 1:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia's Board of Education voted to uphold the firing of Jorea Marple as the state schools superintendent.

The board voted again Thursday 6 to 2 to fire Marple. Board members decided to vote a second time on Marple's future when there were concerns about whether the board had followed the state open meetings law when it originally voted two weeks ago.

During Thursday's meeting, 19 people spoke to board members and praised Marple while denouncing her Nov. 15 dismissal.
Several teachers, parents, WVEA President and a former board member spoke on behalf of Marple.

"Our call is for an apology and reinstatement of Dr. Marple so she can continue her amazing work with your full support. But if not, we would like a real, legitimate, authentic and reasonable explanation for why she was dismissed in such an immediate and demeaning manner," teacher Michelle Legg said.

Former board member Cleo Matthews and leaders of groups representing teachers also urged the board to reconsider.

After the two hour meeting, board members went behind closed doors and discussed the matter for more than an hour before returning to the meeting to vote on Marple.

Before they went behind closed doors, Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden, the two who voted against Marple's firing the first time, voted to table her dismissal -- but that didn't happen.

Marple supporters at the meeting were upset the board members went into executive session because they wanted an explanation.

We have a crew at the meeting. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 11/29/12 @ 12:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ & 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.

Several other teachers, parents, WVEA President and a former board have spoken on behalf of Marple.

"Our call is for an apology and reinstatement of Dr. Marple so she can continue her amazing work with your full support. But if not, we would like a real, legitimate, authentic and reasonable explanation for why she was dismissed in such an immediate and demeaning manner," teacher Michelle Legg said.

Former board member Cleo Matthews and leaders of groups representing teachers also urged the board to reconsider.

After a nearly two hour meeting, the board asked for a motion to go into executive session to discuss Marple's firing.

Before they went behind closed doors, Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden, the two who voted against Marple's firing, voted to table her dismissal, but that didn't happen.

Marple supporters at the meeting are upset the board members are meeting behind closed doors because they want an explanation.

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.

We have a crew at the meeting. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 11/29/12 @ 11:50 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ & AP) -- Supporters of Jorea Marple are lining up at the West Virginia Board of Education to decry her firing as state schools superintendent.

Raleigh County visual arts teacher Sandra Shaw was among those who signed up to speak at Thursday's meeting.

Shaw expressed deep regret of the board's dismissal of Marple after less than two years on the job.

Several other teachers, parents, WVEA President and a former board have spoken on behalf of Marple.

"Our call is for an apology and reinstatement of Dr. Marple so she can continue her amazing work with your full support. But if not, we would like a real, legitimate, authentic and reasonable explanation for why she was dismissed in such an immediate and demeaning manner," teacher Michelle Legg said.

Former board member Cleo Matthews and leaders of groups representing teachers also urged the board to reconsider.

The board voted 5 to 2 on Nov. 15 to fire Marple.

Concerns about whether it followed the state open meetings law prompted a return to the action Thursday.

But, the 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.

We have a crew at the meeting. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 11/21/12 @ 6:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A meeting that started out tense ended in agreement -- five hours later.

The West Virginia Board of Education met Wednesday to vote on the state education audit.

Nearly a week after Superintendent Dr. Jorea Marple was fired, it was tough keeping the focus on the audit.

After looking through and making changes to 130 pages about everything from recruiting strong teachers to technology in the classroom, the board was pleased to vote "yes" on the document.

“It was really, really nice to be able to actually dig in and talk about serious policy issues and bat them around,” Board of Education President Wade Linger said.

Board members say the new audit should be up on the Board of Education's website soon -- giving you a chance to look it over and even comment.



UPDATE 11/21/12 @ 3:57 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Tension is high among West Virginia board of education members Wednesday -- as they work together to discuss the state education audit.

Nearly one week after the board voted to fire state superintendent Dr. Jorea Marple, the board's recommendations to the audit are being released.

Members Priscilla Haden and Jenny Phillips asked to delay the discussion until the audit was released to the public -- on the grounds of being more transparent.

However, they changed their minds after other board members expressed the meeting was to simply have an initial discussion regarding the audit.

Haden and Phillips are the two members who have threatened to resign in protest to Marple being fired.

Other supporters spoke up at the meeting to ask the board to reconsider Marple's termination when they revote next week.

In the meantime, the focus remains on the audit.

It is 130 pages and recommends ways to recruit and keep strong teachers, raise educational quality, align education to work force needs and careers, empower learning through technology and maximize operational efficiencies.

Haden expressed concern about potential budget and job cuts as well as Reorganization of the WVDE.

The meeting started at 1:00 p.m. As of 3:45 p.m. the board is still looking over and discussing the audit.

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UPDATE 11/21/12 @ 11:30 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The parents of a special-needs child are asking the West Virginia Supreme Court to declare the firing of former Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple void.

Mountain State Justice filed a petition with the court Wednesday on behalf of James Hicks and Michelle Hicks.

The petition asks the court to temporarily block the state Board of Education from naming a new superintendent until a hearing is held. It also seeks Marple's temporary reinstatement.

The petition claims the school board violated the state's open meetings law when it voted last week to fire Marple.

The board has scheduled a meeting for next week to vote on the issue again, due to legality concerns.

State Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro declined to comment on the petition because it's pending litigation.



UPDATE 11/20/12 @ 11:10 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Supporters of Dr. Jorea Marple came out by the dozens Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil in her honor.

Marple was suddenly fired as West Virginia’s superintendent of schools last week -- an issue that is expected to be revisited soon.

Many can't understand why only a year and a half after Marple was sworn in, she’s now out.

“I don't know of anyone who's attacked her job with the energy she has. I think it's a shame for her to be treated this way,” Rick Wilson, a grandparent/Marple supporter, said.

The West Virginia Board of Education said last week that it wanted to move in a different direction. Other state education officials say it's a matter of control.

“They didn't have the right to do it in the manner that they did,” WVEA president Dale Lee said. “What are we teaching the children of West Virginia if we don't follow the rules, if we don't make sure people do the right thing?”

So why hold a candlelight vigil for someone who's been fired? Organizers say it's not about getting Marple back in office, but about celebrating her accomplishments while in office.

They say this includes everything from improving the nutrition program to raising test scores and graduation rates.

“She never sat idle in her chair without a pen in hand,” Dr. Deborah Baldwin, Marple’s former co-worker, said. “She is truly a leader, she's very intelligent and she means well by everything she does.”

WVEA leaders say Tuesday night's vigil was also to show support for the two board members who resigned in protest to Marple being fired.

They all hope to get some answers when the state audit is released Wednesday afternoon.

Furthermore, there is a chance this isn’t the end of the road for Marple’s role as superintendent.

The West Virginia Board of Education will meet again next week to vote on Marple's firing after concerns were raised over whether the board violated the open meetings law.

Board President Wade Linger said Tuesday that the board will revisit the recommendation to fire Marple on Nov. 29. The board also will take public comment.



UPDATE 11/20/12 @ 10:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Board of Education will meet again next week to vote on Superintendent Jorea Marple's firing after concerns were raised over whether the board violated the open meetings law.

Board President Wade Linger said Tuesday that the board will revisit the recommendation to fire Marple on Nov. 29. The board also will take public comment.

The board surprised many, including Marple, when it voted 5-2 to fire her on Thursday.

Two members who voted against the recommendation raised questions over whether the vote was legal because it was not on the board's agenda.

While there is nothing in the law that requires specific items discussed in executive session to be listed on the agenda, the law does require placement on the agenda for items to be acted upon.



UPDATE 11/20/12 @ 8:10 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ & AP) -- The West Virginia Board of Education is delaying a decision on hiring a new schools superintendent so it can focus on an audit of the public school system.

The board plans to hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the audit.

The superintendent issue was added to the agenda after board members fired former Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple last week.

Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro tells media outlets that board members want to focus on their response to the audit.

The wide-ranging audit describes a low-performing education system rigidly controlled by a state-level bureaucracy and a stack of policy-directing laws.

It lists more than 100 recommendations.

The West Virginia Education Association plans to hold a vigil Tuesday night in Charleston to show support for Marple.

The vigil is scheduled for 5:30 pm at the WVEA offices at 1558 Quarrier Street, East in Charleston.

According to a news release, the association plans to display its displeasure with the recent actions of the State Board of Education.



UPDATE 11/19/12
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Board of Education is preparing to discuss its response to a wide-ranging audit of the state's education system.

Board members have scheduled a special meeting Wednesday.

Board President Wade Linger says his top priority is increasing student achievement.

He says West Virginia's statewide graduation rate is 78 percent and one in four high school students doesn't graduate on time.

Linger also wants to revitalize the connection with local school systems and build mutual trust.

His other priorities are moving forward on reforms with a commitment to change and transparency, and improving communications with the Department of Education, the Governor's Office, the Legislature and teachers organizations.

Wednesday's meeting comes less than a week after the board voted 5-2 to fire state Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple.



UPDATE 11/15/12 @ 5:55 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A shocking shake-up at the West Virginia Board of Education. On Thursday Board of Education members voted to fire State Superintendent, Dr. Jorea Marple.

State Board of Education President Wade Linger wouldn’t go into detail about why the board voted to fire Marple but said they want to make a change in education across the state and bringing in new leadership is the first step. But the decision is sparking outrage with education officials including two other board members.

Doctor Jorea Marple was sworn is as West Virginia’s 27th State Superintendent on March 1, 2011. But less than two years later, board of education members voted to fire her.

"It's pretty clear that if we want to change and move in new directions, then often it's necessary for new leadership to be effective at that," said Wade Linger, President, State Board of Education.

Linger said there wasn’t anything on the agenda indicating this matter. The board went into executive session to talk about her future with the department when the majority of members felt her time was up.

"Now is just the right time to bring in new leadership with new attitudes and forward thinking views on education," he said.

"For personal agendas to come into play is just appalling," said Dale Lee, President, West Virginia Education Association.

Marple’s termination isn’t sitting well with state education leaders. Some are calling it politically motivated.

"She's done an outstanding job for the students of West Virginia and for something like this to come out of the blue is just really appalling to us as an association," Lee said.

"It seems like a rather rash decision at this point," said Judy Hale, President of the West Virginia ATF.

Two other board members, Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden voted against Marple’s termination and in protest, resigned.

"My question goes beyond what happens today,” Hale said. “Where does that leave the state board of education. Are we in a state of chaos now?"

Now the board will have to start over while trying to keep education their main focus.

Deputy Superintendent Chuck Heinlein will be acting super until the board appoints a new one. No word on when that will happen.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ & AP) -- West Virginia Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple has been fired.

A spokesperson with the Department of Education tells WSAZ.com the state Board of Education voted 5 to 2 Thursday to terminate Marple.

Board members didn't give a reason for their decision.

Immediately two board members, Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden, submitted their resignations to the board. They're expected to resign in December following the announcement.

Marple worked as a principal and county superintendent before she took over as state superintendent on March 1, 2011. She was the 27th state superintendent of schools.

She was the first woman to ever hold the office.

As superintendent, Marple oversees West Virginia's public school system, which includes 55 individual school districts, serving about 282,000 students in preschool through 12th grade.

Statement from West Virginia Board of Education President Wade Linger:
Dr. Marple’s concern for and commitment to West Virginia’s schoolchildren is well known. She has served them with distinction, and we appreciate her public service. However, the West Virginia Board of Education believes this is a time for a change in direction. As such, we think it is important for new leadership.

The Board will continue its on-going, open dialogue with educational stakeholders, the Governor, and members of the West Virginia Legislature to move forward with education reforms that advance student achievement levels and the well-being of our more than 280 thousand students.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Marple for her outstanding service to the students of West Virginia. She has worked tirelessly over the last several decades and has truly put her heart into improving our state’s education system. I appreciate everything she has done, and I wish her the best of luck in her future,” said Gov. Tomblin.

House Education Chair Mary Poling says she was shocked at word of Marple's firing.

The Barbour County Democrat credits Marple for addressing curriculum standards and overseeing a new way to measure student performance, while responding to the governor's call to trim the state budget.

The current Deputy Superintendent Charles "Chuck" Heinlein will serve as interim State Superintendent until the board appoints a new one.

A spokesperson tells WSAZ.com the board is expected to appoint a new superintendent as soon as possible.

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