Jorea Marple was carrying out recommendations from the much-discussed audit of West Virginia’s public schools system when the board of education fired her as superintendent.
The board listed more than 70 steps under way as of last week, when it embraced most of the extensive review of education spending, policy and organization.
That endorsement followed a 5-2 vote to dismiss Marple less than two years after unanimously selecting her following a lengthy search process.
Several board members cited the need for change. At least one believes the rigid department bureaucracy described in the audit hobbled the board’s efforts to embrace its findings.
The firing also came as the board sought to encourage Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and lawmakers to pursue audit recommendations. The board is revisiting Marple’s firing this week.