Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 21, 2012

W.Va. court asked to void school chief’s firing

CHARLESTON — The parents of a special-needs child are asking the West Virginia Supreme Court to declare the firing of former Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple void.

Mountain State Justice filed a petition with the court on Wednesday on behalf of James Hicks and Michelle Hicks. The petition asks the court to temporarily block the state Board of Education from naming a new superintendent until a hearing is held. It also seeks Marple’s temporary reinstatement.

The petition claims the school board violated the state’s open meetings law when it voted last week to fire Marple. The board has scheduled a meeting for next week to vote on the issue again, due to legality concerns.

State Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro declined to comment on the petition because it’s pending litigation.

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