Former Superintendent Case Heading to W.Va. Supreme Court
A legal battle over the firing of West Virginia's school superintendent is heading to the state's highest court.
A Kanawha County circuit judge last month refused to dismiss former superintendent Jorea Marple's lawsuit. The Charleston Gazette reports that the West Virginia Board of Education is appealing that ruling to the state Supreme Court.
Marple sued the board and one of its members, Wade Linger, in April. She alleges defamation and violation of her due process rights in her November 2012 ouster.
In a notice of appeal, the defendants argue that Circuit Judge James Stucky wrongly rejected their claim that they are entitled to immunity because the firing was a proper exercise of governmental authority.