CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted to return local control to Fayette County Schools today during its January board meeting. Fayette County will regain control of all areas of the school system with the exception of facilities and finances related to facilities. The vote comes after seven years of state intervention.
Fayette County Schools will regain control on February 6, 2017 upon recommendation by Susan O'Brien, Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA). Action was taken following evaluation of Fayette County’s annual review. The WVBE unanimously voted to return local control with the provision that state-appointed superintendent, Terry George remain in place.
Since intervention in Fayette County Schools in February 2010, the WVBE and OEPA have worked directly with the schools to make improvements in areas including curriculum, policy, finance, facilities, personnel, transportation and the establishment and operation of a school calendar.
"It is with great pride that the West Virginia Board of Education returns control to Fayette County Schools," said Michael Green, WVBE president. “We feel confident in returning partial control back to the Fayette County Board of Education and know the future is bright for the students in Fayette County.”
In 2014, Fayette County Schools regained control of school policies. The WVBE also recently approved Fayette County School’s revised Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan (CEFP), which outlines a path forward for the county whose facilities have deteriorated for several years. The School Building Authority awarded funding to Fayette County Schools in December 2016 to complete construction of new buildings and consolidate existing buildings as outlined in the revised CEFP.
“It is an exciting day for the students and citizens in Fayette County,” George said. “We have made a tremendous amount of progress and I am pleased the State Board of Education has confidence in our Board to continue to make improvements and ensure the best education possible for our students.”
Following the WVBE’s vote to return control to Fayette County, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be executed between the county and the WVBE. OEPA will conduct another annual review in Fayette County during the 2017-18 school year, and further recommendations may be made.