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West Virginia School Board Member Wade Linger Resigns


West Virginia board of education member Wade Linger has resigned, citing frustration over what he called the state Legislature’s long-term tinkering with the board’s work.

State school board attorney Mary Catherine Tuckwiller confirmed Linger’s resignation Wednesday.

In a statement provided to the board, Linger says it is his belief that “it is impossible for the State Board to be effective in carrying out its mission under current conditions, particularly in the Legislature.”

Spokesmen for House and Senate leaders didn’t immediately respond to email requests for comment.

Linger was instrumental in the firing of state schools Superintendent Jorea Marple in 2012.

The board is made up of 12 members, including nine appointed by the governor.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin must appoint a replacement for Linger, whose term runs until November 2017.