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WV Board of Education schedules Nov. 29 meeting to revote on Marple firing

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

Board President Wade Linger issued the following statement in an email on Tuesday evening.

"As we move forward with significant education reform, it is paramount that the public voice continues to be heard. I have been advised by counsel that there may be concerns over the Open Meetings Act and we want to be responsive. I remain committed to my actions and recommendations regarding a new direction for education in our state but believe it is important to address this concern. As I have previously stated, the focus of this Wednesday's meeting should be solely on the audit without distraction.

As such a special meeting will be held on Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. to revisit the recommendation regarding the state superintendent."

The board surprised many, including Marple, when it voted 5-2 to fire her on Thursday, November 15.

Two board member voted against the firing and tendered their resignations at the conclusion of the vote. They also raised questions over whether the vote was legal because it was not on the board's agenda.

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