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Marple files wrongful termination lawsuit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former state superintendent Jorea Marple is claiming wrongful termination.

In a lawsuit filed Friday against the state Board of Education, Marple alleges that her firing was the result of a personal " covert agenda" initiated by board president Wade Linger in March 2012, months before the board voted to replace Marple - an agenda item that it says violated open meeting laws and violated Marple's rights. It also alleges that Linger worked with the other board members to oust Marple. 

As a result of that firing, the lawsuit claims, Marple has "been impaired in her ability to enjoy life" and suffered damage to her personal life, and her otherwise "brilliant career in education."

The board shocked many in the education community with a vote in November to fire Marple. There was no mention of her position on the meeting agenda. Moments after her firing she said didn't see the move coming and thought it was political.

Within days of the vote, public-interest law firm Mountain State Justice filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court on the behalf of two Boone County parents. The lawsuit alleged the board violated open meetings law by discussing something that was not listed on the agenda.

The board never said it did anything wrong, but called a second meeting later in November in an attempt to fix any problems others might have perceived. It voted to fire Marple again after a lengthy closed-door debate.

In late December Marple sent a letter to the board notifying them she planned to sue. State law says anyone suing a public body needs to give 30-days notice.

Last week the board released emailed communications between Linger and current Superintendent Jim Phares. The emails date back to September, when Linger asked Phares for his resume.

Linger also told the Daily Mail he started thinking about replacing Marple in June, following the Department of Education's handling of the board's response to the education efficiency audit.

Linger has said that the superintident serves at the will and pleasure of the board., and no reason is required to terminate that position.

The lawsuit demands as much compensation as possible for suffering and a hearing to permit a full airing of the issues surrounding her termination.

Attorney Timothy Barber filed the lawsuit Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court on Marple's behalf. Thomas Patrick Maroney and Andrew MacQueen are also representing Marple.

 

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former state superintendent Jorea Marple is claiming wrongful termination.

In a lawsuit filed Friday against the state Board of Education, Marple alleges that her firing was the result of a personal " covert agenda" initiated by board president Wade Linger in March 2012, months before the board voted to replace Marple - an agenda item that it says violated open meeting laws and violated Marple's rights. It also alleges that Linger worked with the other board members to oust Marple.  

As a result of that firing, the lawsuit claims, Marple has "been impaired in her ability to enjoy life" and suffered damage to her personal life, and her otherwise "brilliant career in education."

The board shocked many in the education community with a vote in November to fire Marple. There was no mention of her position on the meeting agenda. Moments after her firing she said didn't see the move coming and thought it was political.

Within days of the vote, public-interest law firm Mountain State Justice filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court on the behalf of two Boone County parents. The lawsuit alleged the board violated open meetings law by discussing something that was not listed on the agenda.

The board never said it did anything wrong, but called a second meeting later in November in an attempt to fix any problems others might have perceived. It voted to fire Marple again after a lengthy closed-door debate.

In late December Marple sent a letter to the board notifying them she planned to sue. State law says anyone suing a public body needs to give 30-days notice.

Last week the board released emailed communications between Linger and current Superintendent Jim Phares. The emails date back to September, when Linger asked Phares for his resume.

Linger also told the Daily Mail he started thinking about replacing Marple in June, following the Department of Education's handling of the board's response to the education efficiency audit.

Linger has said that the superintident serves at the will and pleasure of the board., and no reason is required to terminate that position.

The lawsuit demands as much compensation as possible for suffering and a hearing to permit a full airing of the issues surrounding her termination.

Attorney Timothy Barber filed the lawsuit Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court on Marple's behalf. Thomas Patrick Maroney and Andrew MacQueen are also representing Marple.

 

 


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