CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fayette County Schools move a step closer to gaining control of its education system. During its monthly board meeting, the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted unanimously to return partial control to the county related to school policies.
In June, 2014, the Office of Education Performance Audits (OPEA) returned to the county to determine the degree of compliance and progress made regarding policy deficiencies.
“We have been working closely with Fayette County by providing guidance and support as the leadership works to correct past deficiencies,” said Gayle Manchin, WVBE president. “We know the system is moving in the right direction but there is still work to be done.”
The Fayette County School System had been under close scrutiny by the WVBE since 1999. In 2007, the county was placed on non-approval status and in 2010, the WVBE intervened following a recommendation by the OEPA. The OEPA told the board that serious curriculum and facilities problems existed in Fayette County and it would be difficult to correct deficiencies without taking control of the entire school system.
Other progress has been made since 2010 in the areas of finance and personnel practices and functions. However, these areas of the intervention will remain in place.
For the full OEPA report, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.