State Board of Education to Return Complete Control to Randolph County

April 13, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to return complete control of Randolph County Schools to the county school district.

The decision comes after an Office of Education Performance Audits’ (OEPA) report shows that the Randolph County central office has made major improvements since the state declared a state of emergency in 2008 and seized control of the much of the decision making.

“County Superintendent Jim Phares has turned around Randolph County,” said Kenna Seal, OEPA executive director. “He has been a miracle worker.”

A December 2009 progress report showed the county had corrected most deficiencies but a few remained. The OEPA did a repeat review in February and found the county had corrected all the deficiencies and followed recommendations in the 2009 report, which has allowed the schools district to continue to improve.

“The county superintendent and the local board are functionally well and continue to work together to improve,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “We are proud of the work that has been done.”

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

--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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