AmberVision has a system to help find missing students. Parents are asked to submit pictures of their children for use if the children should happen to go missing.
AmberVision is a nonprofit that uses technology developed by SecurLinx, a Morgantown-based biometrics company.
Board of Education member Mike Green said Sunday he is a "very minor shareholder" in SecurLinx but that nobody has ever made money off AmberVision.
"Wherever the other side is doing here, that's totally up to them," Green said.
(Green is a technology businessman who lives in Morgantown. He should not be confused with state Sen. Mike Green, D-Raleigh.)
Green said he helped introduce AmberVision to people at the state Department of Education.
Johnson remembers Manchin and Marple feuding over the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant. He said Marple was frustrated with the state's handling of the program and wrote a letter expressing those concerns.
Marple sent the letter in the fall of 2011 to state Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, according to a press report at the time. Marple cited a "lack of progress" with the program, aimed at increasing Internet access to schools and other community centers across the state, the report states.
Later, Manchin said the board should publicly support the grant, Johnson said.
Johnson said Marple was hesitant to voice any approval for the program because it is being investigated.
Manchin was upset the department would not issue a statement in support of the grant, Johnson said.
Mountain State Justice is suing the board for allegedly violating the Open Meetings Act when it originally fired Marple on Nov. 15. The lawsuit was filed on the behalf of parents of a student in Boone County.
The board held a second meeting Nov. 29, where it eventually voted to fire Marple again. Linger read a statement listing some of the reasons he thought it was time for a new superintendent. It was eventually adopted as the official statement of the board.
Contracts were not mentioned in those reasons.
The no-bid contract allegations were part of a brief Mountain State Justice filed with the state Supreme Court Friday. The brief was filed in response to the Nov. 29 meeting, and said the board's "perfunctory" meeting was not a legitimate remedy for previous illegal actions.
The Supreme Court advised the board to respond to the initial lawsuit by Friday. In its response, the board states it did not violate any laws the first time around. If a court determines it had though, the Nov. 29 meeting was an earnest attempt to clear up those problems, according to the document.
A 2005 opinion of the state Ethics Commission holds that a board can make up for any non-intentional mistake if the board takes "reasonable remedial measures over and above ceremonial and perfunctory ratification" of the original action.
Mountain State wants the court to reinstate Marple and halt the board's search for her replacement. The board wants the court to dismiss the case.
The Supreme Court has not ruled yet.