W.Va. Department of Education Maintains Stringent Grant Guidelines

April 09, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Education, which oversees more than $300 million in state and federal grants every year, maintains strict guidelines to ensure money is spent appropriately.  

The Department strengthened what was already a rigorous procedure two years ago after a review found that $35,000 of a $75,000 grant awarded through the Division of Technical and Adult Education Services to Hampshire County schools had been misappropriated.  

The West Virginia Board of Education ordered the misappropriated money returned.  

Assistant Superintendent Stan Hopkins had authorized that a portion of the grant for the Special Services Workshop in Romney be redirected to the Red Cross and emergency-services training facilities in Romney and Springfield. However, his authorization did not include $5,000 distributed to the Capon Bridge Library and $5,000 each to six volunteer fire departments in Augusta, Capon Bridge, Capon Springs, Levels, North River and Slanesville.  

“While providing money to volunteer fire departments for training and training-related equipment is consistent with our educational mission, to do so without our full permission is not,” Hopkins said. “To suggest that these expenditures followed appropriate Department of Education protocol is false.”  

To guard against future misappropriations, the state Department of Education now requires grant recipients to file a narrative report in addition to the financial statements they traditionally have provided.  

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.  

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