We are not saying that Superintendent Marple is any more responsible than governors, legislators, educators or board members for these shortcomings.
We are not here to affix blame today. However, we are charged with the general supervision of schools in West Virginia and we think the people of West Virginia deserve to have these problems fixed.
The board determined that in order to fix these problems we needed to head in a new direction with new leadership.
Some of the issues that caused board members to perceive a change was needed are the following:
1. Many members found no sense of urgency in the department to address some of the issues that have been outlined.
2. When discussing concerns, we often were met with excuses and not actions.
3. Too often we were told how things can't change instead of being offered solutions.
4. When current practices were challenged, we often found people being defensive.
Considering everything just outlined in this statement, I believe we needed a change in direction and in order to do that, we needed a change in leadership."