Marple happens to be married to Attorney General Darrell McGraw, who lost his Nov. 6 bid for re-election.
The board's sneak attack on Marple is despicable and Linger should be held responsible. Even more appalling is that Linger had already chosen Marple's replacement before delivering the ax.
The last time the board sought to fill the superintendent position, Linger insisted on a lengthy and costly process of seeking out-of-state candidates. This time, he had already selected and notified Randolph County Superintendent James Phares to be beneficiary of the apparent political coup against Marple.
This entire fiasco will surely result in a nasty, drawn-out, costly legal battle that will only bring more shame and embarrassment to West Virginia.
The only reasonable and rational solution is that the board reverse course when it meets Nov. 29 to revisit Marple's firing. I urge the board to put West Virginia's children above petty politics and retain Marple as superintendent.
Further, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who is ultimately responsible for overseeing education reform and is trusted to do what is best for the children of our state, should have the opportunity to fill any vacancies as soon as possible.
And finally, Linger, who claims he is committed to a new direction for education in our state, should do what is right for West Virginia and resign, effective immediately. Only then can we begin to restore the trust and commitment necessary to build an education system that West Virginia can be proud of.
Hall is general secretary-treasurer of the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters and is president of Teamsters Local 175 in South Charleston.