CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to return control of personnel, financial matters and professional development of Lincoln County Schools to the county school board. The decision comes after Lincoln County made great strides in improving student achievement, superintendent-board relations and other deficiencies.
“It is time,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “The county superintendent and the local board are functionally well. We are proud of the work that has been done by the county board, the superintendent, teachers, students and parents. Still, it is important to monitor the county closely because the stakes are high for the children of Lincoln County.”
The state board intervened in Lincoln County in 2000 after an Office of Education Performance Audits review discovered questionable financial and hiring practices in the county offices as well as serious facilities, curriculum and leadership issues.
Since the intervention, Lincoln County has worked to resolve the majority of its issues. Curriculum and instruction decisions remain under state control. Grant, Fayette, McDowell, Mingo and Preston counties currently are under state control.
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--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.
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