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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Board of Education is delaying a decision on hiring a new schools superintendent so it can focus on an audit of the public school system.

The board plans to hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the audit. The superintendent issue was added to the agenda after board members fired former Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple last week.

Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro tells media outlets that board members want to focus on their response to the audit.

The wide-ranging audit describes a low-performing education system rigidly controlled by a state-level bureaucracy and a stack of policy-directing laws. It lists more than 100 recommendations.

The West Virginia Education Association plans to hold a vigil Tuesday night in Charleston to show support for Marple.

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