304 SPORTS SCORES
  • Tygarts Valley 59Hannan 8Final[ view all ]
  • Sissonville 26Liberty 7Final[ view all ]
  • Doddridge County 27Valley Wetzel 7Final[ view all ]
  • Clay-Battelle 20Van 12Final[ view all ]
  • Lewis County 42Elkins 0Final[ view all ]
  • Braxton County 13Webster County 12Final[ view all ]
  • Grafton 50Lincoln 49Final[ view all ]
  • Robert C. Byrd 56North Marion 21Final[ view all ]
  • Morgantown 21John Marshall 6Final[ view all ]
  • Pendleton County 50Tucker County 6Final[ view all ]
  • Magnolia 34Tyler Consolidated 0Final[ view all ]
  • University 29Preston 25Final[ view all ]
  • Fairmont Senior 35Buckhannon-Upshur 27Final[ view all ]
  • Notre Dame 34Gilmer County 13Final[ view all ]
  • Saint Marys 42South Harrison 7Final[ view all ]
National News | Closings | Funerals | HighScore | Monday's Most Wanted | Crime Watch | TV Lisitngs | Lottery | Bio's | FCC File | More ›
   
 
 
 
Braxton, Preston Counties on List of 8 County School Systems in Red
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 15, 2013 @ 8:16PM
Created on February 15, 2013 @ 12:35PM
 
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State education officials are working with eight county school systems to erase deficits before the red ink creates larger problems.
 
Braxton, Calhoun, Mason, Monroe and Preston counties all have deficits that are considered as critical. Clay, Pendleton and Webster counties have deficits that are considered more "casual."
 
The state Board of Education on Wednesday approved the counties' plans to eliminate their deficits. The plans detail how the counties have reduced spending and how they will continue to save money, the Charleston Gazette reported.
 
"This is the number-one symptom of counties you have to take over. You've got to catch these things quickly because if you let them get out of control, get ready to take them over because this is where it starts," board member Lloyd Jackson said.
 
Four other county school systems already are under state control.
 
The state is taking a more active role in helping counties with financial problems, providing assistance and monitoring their financial status. Monthly analyses will be performed by state officials who will provide recommendations about how to reduce spending, said Joe Panetta, superintendent of finance for the Department of Education.
 
"These are things we haven't required in the past," he said.
 
Counties with financial problems have a common problem. They have too many staff members on the payroll, Panetta said.
 
"There are patterns here that scare you — like local boards' reluctance to take recommendations to cut personnel," said state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. "But, it's a catch-22. It's a difficult thing to do. It really takes a real taskmaster with a lot of attention."
 
Board members agreed that frequent follow-up visits are crucial.

Share
Add your Comment
You must have an active WDTV.COM user account to post comments. Please login to your account, or create your free account today!

Comments (0)
WVFX FOX10 on Facebook
WVFX FOX10 on Twitter
WDTV on YouTube
Contact WDTV
WDTV RSS Feeds
WDTV SMS
WDTV Mobile App