The Times West Virginian

November 14, 2012

W.Va. to retain control of Preston school system

Associated Press

KINGWOOD — The West Virginia Department of Education is ready to return only two aspects of the Preston County school system back over to local officials — the school calendar and district policies.

That’s the finding of a report by the Office of Education Performance Audits being presented Wednesday.

The state took over the school system in March 2009 after discovering problems with finances, facilities, personnel and other areas. It said then that students were being denied the educations they deserve.

The new report concludes the financial problems aren’t fully resolved, teacher evaluations aren’t done in a timely fashion and vehicles were bought without competitive bidding.

Student test scores have been falling. But the report says Preston has no system to identify and help its struggling students.