Mingo County Regains Control of School System

December 11, 2002

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBOE) today voted to return local control of schools back to the Mingo County Board of Education. The WVBOE took control of Mingo County schools in 1998 when a performance audit report revealed the system was experiencing budget deficits, low student achievement and a lack of leadership. "Mingo County's school system has made significant strides for more than four years and we believe it now can operate efficiently on its own," said WVBOE President Howard Persinger. "Since the takeover, grades have consistently improved and leadership has been restored." "It so rewarding to see hard work pay off," said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. "The State Board of Education always had the best interest of the students in mind. I applaud Mingo County for working together to make today happen." Currently, two counties, Lincoln and McDowell counties, remain under the control of the state.

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