CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted to return full local control to Fayette County Schools today during its board meeting. In an update to a previous vote taken in January, today’s vote returns control of all areas of the school system including curriculum and instruction, facilities, finance, personnel and policies. The vote comes after seven years of state intervention.
Fayette County Schools will regain control upon execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the county and the WVBE. The WVBE unanimously voted to return local control following evaluation of Fayette County’s annual review.
“Upon review of the report from the Office of Education Performance Audits, and after further discussion with Superintendent George, the Board feels confident in returning full control back to the Fayette County Board of Education,” said WVBE president Tom Campbell. “I know the best days are ahead 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.
“Our local board has worked hard to address issues and make change in Fayette County,” said Fayette County superintendent Terry George. “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.”
For the first time since 1998, West Virginia no longer has any county school systems under WVBE control.