CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wade Linger, president of the state Board of Education, wants an independent review of all existing contracts or agreements in use by the board or the state Department of Education.
He will ask the board today during its regular monthly meeting to approve that review, according to a news release.
"I believe it is important to confirm that the bidding and purchasing practices are free from political pressure or individual interest," he continued.
Allegations of political pressure and individual interests in state contracts arose after the recent firing of Jorea Marple from her post as state superintendent.
The board voted to fire Marple on Nov. 15, a move met with shock by many in the education community. The board did not list the move on its agenda and did not discuss the action in public before it was taken.
Within days, Mountain State Justice, a Charleston-based public interest law firm filed a legal challenge with the state Supreme Court alleging the board had knowingly violated the state Open Meetings act.
In its response filed with the high court, the board states it did not violate any laws during its first meeting. However, it said any open-meeting issues were addressed at a Nov. 29 meeting during which Marple again was fired.
In its own response to the Nov. 29 meeting, Mountain State Justice stated that Marple was fired for her refusal to skip proper bidding processes and award contracts that may have benefited board members.
Bren Pomponio, an attorney for Mountain State Justice, later said agreements connected to the computer program Globaloria and nonprofit AmberVision played a role in her ouster.
No evidence has been cited so far that shows any board member personally benefited from the board's or department's connection with either Globaloria or AmberVision.
Pomponio declined to comment further on Tuesday.