On Sunday afternoon, Jenny Phillips said she and Priscilla Haden "knew nothing about Jorea being fired until all of a sudden, we went into executive session.
"Wade [Linger] stood up in front and proceeded to say Jorea should be fired. Later on that evening, all of a sudden it struck me what happened, because of Dr. Phares' visit to our house."
Phillips said Linger also told her last week, "Jenny, you are going to be very pleased. We will have a replacement in two weeks and you will be very pleased. The next day, he said it was Jim Phares.
"I think Jorea has been a very good superintendent," she said. "And I could not believe this had all been figured out before[hand]. Obviously, Priscilla and I weren't in the loop. But it had all been figured our before.
On his blog, Bill Phillips added, "Despite Marple being a 'will and pleasure' appointee, she and the education community of West Virginia deserve to know why this unexpected action was taken.
"This had to hatched up in private without including the two [Priscilla Haden and Jenny Phillips] who resigned in protest. Such behind-the-scenes plotting is a violation of the Open Meetings Law. This Gang should be held accountable.
"Dr. Marple was told to turn in her keys, credentials and be out of the building by the end of the day," Bill Phillips wrote. "She is held in such high regard that Department Education staff, while crying, packed up her personal items and carried boxes down the street to her home across from the state Capitol building."
Bill Phillips added, "Phares is so certain he will be named on next Wednesday, that he is resigning the Randolph County position on Monday. He plans to be present at the State Board meeting when a permanent replacement for Marple is to be discussed. Talk about arrogance."
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.