Jorea Marple to Sue After Firing

As James Phares is sworn in as the newstate schools superintendent, lawyers for fired superintendent Jorea Marple have notified the state Department of Education of a pending lawsuit. The state Board of Education abruptly voted to fire Marple in November, and her lawyers say her termination was illegal. The letter provides the 30-day advance notice required by law before a state agency can be sued in most instances. Two Boone County parents earlier petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the firing. That filing alleges the board violated the state open meetings law. That case is pending.