Board Right to Hold New Vote on Marple

Jorea Marple, who had served as state superintendent of schools since March 2011, clearly did not have the confidence of most members of the West Virginia Board of Education. That’s why the board, by a 5-2 vote, fired Marple last Thursday.

But because questions have been raised about whether the meeting at which Marple was fired was handled according to statutory requirements, the board has scheduled another vote on whether to retain her, for Nov. 29.

No doubt Marple’s defenders will flock to that meeting to demand she be retained. But the board, along with state legislators, is looking at a sweeping campaign to improve public schools. If board members don’t think Marple is the best person to lead it, she should be fired – again.

One way or another, however, board members are right to ensure their action is taken legally.