The Board declared a state of emergency and unanimously voted on Jan. 10 to place Fayette County Schools on non-approval status. An improvement team then compiled a report that included improvements that must be met to bring Fayette County in compliance with state and federal standards.
The recommendations cover hiring procedures, curriculum and instruction issues, fiscal procedures, graduation rates, facility deficiencies, licensing, school board training and compliance with state and federal laws and state policies.
In November 2006, the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) conducted a review of Fayette Countyís Central Office and selected other schools. The review found numerous violations, including irregularities in hiring and financial practices, low student achievement levels and leadership issues.
The consultant team included representatives who have an extensive knowledge of school procedures, school finance, school administration, personnel and certification.
The Department of Education will provide technical support to Fayette County as it works to correct the deficiencies and implement recommendations presented by the improvement consultant team.
For more information about the improvement team recommendations, contact the West Virginia Department of Educationís Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699. For information on the OEPA report, contact Kenna Seal, OEPA executive director at (304) 558-3788.
You can download the report here: http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2007/FayetteReport.pdf