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Board Wants Lawsuit Tossed by Fired W.Va. Education Chief


  The state Board of Education is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by former West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple.

Marple was fired in November 2012. She contends in her lawsuit that she unlawfully fired and that members of the Board of Education secretly plotted to dismiss her, violating the state’s open meetings law.

The State Journal reports that attorneys for the board asked Kanawha County Circuit Judge James C. Stucky to dismiss the lawsuit.

The board’s attorneys contend the panel is a state agency and immune from prosecution.

They also stated that Marple was not under contract at the time of her firing.