What part of "shall serve at its will and pleasure" do Marple's backers not understand?
Their demand that the school board present "competent, admissible evidence" before she can be fired is absurd.
The school board's first duty is to its students.
West Virginia is eighth in spending and 47th in performance, according to an independent audit released a year ago.
Apparently the central office staff under Marple offered little cooperation to the board in its attempt to implement the reforms suggested in the audit.
Much of what is wrong with public education in this state stems from the idea that the education of students takes a back seat to employment rights.
Paying Marple to make her threat of litigation disappear, as has become common in West Virginia, would be an unacceptable outcome.