The Board of Education is currently in the midst of a legal dispute related to Marple's termination. The former superintendent filed suit in circuit court in February, claiming wrongful termination. That case has been moved to federal court and is still underway.
At his last meeting as president, Wade Linger boasted of the initiative the board took during his tenure -- a term that saw a controversy surrounding Marple's sudden firing as well as the adoption of an extensive education reform package by the state Legislature.
"I think for a long time the feeling has been that public education is just too stodgy and too cumbersome to change it, to improve it .<!p>.<!p>. I think everybody felt that way, but I don't think that any of those people think that now," Linger said.
"I think the attitude now is that anything is possible and that this board is willing to stand up and do what needs done to make changes."
Manchin said that this period in the state's education authority is being defined by an increase in responsibility for the board.
"As an individual board member but also collectively as a board, we kept asking for more responsibility and accountability," she said.
"It's not to be given something that we weren't due, but the state of the board had devolved into an arena that really was not serving the purpose that it was supposed to have. So what has happened over the past six months is that board has begun to grow and evolve into what a state board should be."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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