Benefits Kick in For Former State Schools Superintendent

Former state schools superintendent Jorea Marple has begun receiving retirement benefits from the state. The Charleston Daily Mail reports Marple and her husband, former state attorney general Darrell McGraw, applied for benefits for their years of public service, and together will receive more than $180,000 a year in pensions. The newspaper obtained the figures from the Consolidated Public Retirement Board through a Freedom of Information Act request. Marple's salary as superintendent was $167,000 a year. No lawsuit has been filed yet, but Marple's attorneys told the state Board of Education that she plans to sue over her firing. A letter sent to the board in late December provided the 30-day advance notice required by law before a state agency or official can be sued.