The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 21, 2012

Our Readers Speak - Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Citizens, children of W.Va. deserve better

The coup-like firing of State Superintendent of Schools, Jorea Marples was probably illegal, but certainly unethical.

After receiving an excellent evaluation and a raise in June, Maples was blindsided by five members on the Board of Education and was dismissed last Thursday. Immediately after the firing, the two dissenting board members, Jenny Phillips and Priscilla Haden, resigned their positions in protest.

At the same meeting, Wade Linger, the Board of Education president, announced he was recommending his friend, Dr. James Phares of Randolph County, to fill the superintendent position. This action is in direct conflict of conducting a routine state and national search for such an important job.

Ironically, this is the same board that drug its feet for months to officially respond to an audit of the Department of Education because they “needed time to get it right.”

Yes, this board hired a consultant for $350 a day to help with their response and is pushing to hire another lawyer (they already have two at their disposal). These actions work totally against the audit’s suggestion to “right size” the department.

In a statement after the firing, Mr. Linger had the audacity to use terms like “build mutual trust,” “commitment to transparency” and “building a communication structure.”

Where was the trust, transparency and communication in the handling of Jorea Maples.

The citizens and especially our children of West Virginia deserve better. If you agree, call Gov. Tomblin’s office 888-438-2731 or the Governor’s Mansion at 888-558-3588. You may also contact him at .

A. Wayne Bennett



Job fair participation greatly appreciated

On behalf of the students and faculty of all Raleigh County high schools; I would like to extend our greatest thanks and gratitude to the following agencies, colleges, universities, employers and military representatives for contributing your time and effort to the success of the 2012 Raleigh County Schools Career Connection Fairs. Your presentations and information sharing will assist the students in making informed choices that may impact their lives for years to come.

Academy of Careers & Technology

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative

Beckley Human Rights Commission

Bluefield State College

Bridgemont Community & Technical College

Citizens Conservation Corps of WV

Concord University

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Ghent Volunteer Fire Dept.


Job Corps

Lillian James Learning Center

Marshall University


Mountaineer Challenge Academy

Mountain State Center For Independent Living

National Park Service

New River Community & Technical College

Raleigh County Community Action

Region One Work Force Connection Program

REM Community Options


Social Security Administration

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Army

U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Navy

Valley College

Winter Place

Women's Resource Center

Work Force WV - Job Service

WV Air National Guard

WV Army National Guard

WV Dept. Health & Human Resources

WV Division of Rehabilitation Services

WV State Police Academy

West Virginia University

WVU Tech

Mark Kodack

Transition Specialist

Raleigh County Schools