Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted on Wednesday during its meeting in Mingo County to return Mingo County Schools to full local control effective December 1, 2014. The WVBE originally intervened in Mingo County in 1998 and again in 2005.
Following another review by the Office of Education Performance Audits (OPEA), it was found that the county system has improved in all areas.
"I am happy to report that earlier problems have been resolved," said Gus Penix, executive director of the OEPA. "The system is making progress with facilities, effectively managing financial resources and the local board has demonstrated professionalism, received training and gained necessary knowledge to oversee an efficient school system."
The WVBE voted unanimously to return control to the county school system subject to certain conditions, including a provisional transition to local control for two years. In addition, the current superintendent is to remain in the position until June 30, 2017, unless the superintendent and the Mingo County Board of Education agree mutually to terminate the contract.
"It is with great pride that the West Virginia Board of Education returns control to Mingo County Schools," said Gayle Manchin, WVBE president. "This day was made possible by the tireless work of educators, parents and students as well as the great leadership and commitment by the county superintendent and county board members."
The OEPA conducted a review of the Mingo County School System in March 2013 to assess the system's progress in improving issues which resulted in a re-intervention in 2005. The OEPA cited progress in Mingo County Schools related to curriculum development, instructional programs and the school calendar. However, the OEPA reported that problems still existed in the areas of finance, personnel, facilities, transportation and the local board following policies. The most recent review in 2014 found all issues have been resolved.
"We are focused, determined and moving forward with a vision on the future," said Mingo County Superintendent of Schools Robert Bobbera. "We will work hard to honor the charge put in front of us. Expect great things, because great things are happening in Mingo County Schools."
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro at the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.