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West Virginia Board of Education Launches Investigation into RESA I Finances

February 09, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. -The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBOE) took strong and swift action following reports of RESA I financial discrepancies.  

All Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) fall under the auspices of the West Virginia Board of Education. RESAs serve as an intermediate educational service provider to local school systems. RESA I is located in Beckley, West Virginia.  

Today state Board members voted unanimously to direct State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine to conduct an investigation of all financial policies, practices and procedures utilized at RESA I. The results of the investigation are to be reported directly back to the state Board.  

“It would be irresponsible of the West Virginia Board of Education not to conduct its own investigation,” said Board President Lowell Johnson. “Any financial issues are of great concern and must be dealt with immediately.”  

In addition, the Board has requested that Dr. Paine appoint a designee to manage and oversee all financial functions of RESA I and that the RESA I Executive Director be required to defer all financial responsibilities to the designee.  

Meanwhile, the WVBOE, the RESA I Advisory Board and the West Virginia Department of Education are cooperating fully with the ongoing criminal investigation.

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