11/15/2012 1:21 PM
by Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple has been fired.
Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says the state Board of Education voted 5-2 on Thursday to terminate Marple's contract.
Cordeiro says board members Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden opposed the move. They announced they will resign from the board, effective Dec. 31.
House Education Chair Mary Poling says she was shocked at word of Marple's firing. The Barbour County Democrat credits Marple for addressing curriculum standards and overseeing a new way to measure student performance, while responding to the governor's call to trim the state budget.
Marple had served as the state's schools chief since March 1, 2011. She previous served as deputy superintendent. Her husband is Attorney General Darrell McGraw.