No specific contracts are mentioned in the Tuesday press release. However, Linger states that he wants to confirm the board and department are meeting or exceeding the requirements needed for any bidding or contract practices.
"I believe that it is extremely important for county boards of education, county administrators, teachers, students, parents and taxpayers to have confidence that the West Virginia Board of Education and the Department of Education are following the rules and regulations put in place by our legislators," Linger said in the release.
If the board approves Linger's suggestion, he will ask the West Virginia State Bar to look for and recommend an attorney with no connection to the state to conduct the review. The person chosen will have an understanding of state contract and bidding practices, will evaluate current board and department practices and provide guidance for future contracts, according to the release.
The review could take four months to complete, the release states. It does not mention when the examiner would start or how much the process would cost.
The item is not listed on the board's agenda for today's meeting and was not mentioned during a Monday meeting devoted to discussing the agenda.
Linger did not return a phone call Tuesday evening.
The board also may interview and vote to hire Marple's replacement today. Although former Deputy Superintendent Chuck Heinlein was appointed superintendent, the board wants someone else in the position while it conducts a national search.
Jim Phares, current superintendent in Randolph County, already has been recommended by Linger as a candidate. He said Monday he would attend today's meeting.
The meeting is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. in the media center of Lincoln County High School in Hamlin.