Lewis and Tucker counties removed from WVDE Financial Watch List, Randolph and Upshur remain

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The West Virginia Department of Education announced Wednesday that Lewis and Tucker county schools have been taken off their Financial Watch List.

Officials say those counties, as well as Boone, Clay, Hampshire, Hardy, Pocahontas and Summers counties, were taken off the list due to improved financial circumstances.

“We are encouraged by the effort of each of these counties to resolve the financial issues that were problematic and remind them of the continued due diligence necessary to move forward with sound fiduciary practices,” said Dr. Steven Paine, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools. “Financial stability is more critical now than ever as many of our counties face population shifts and other economic factors.”

Factors going into the decision to take the counties off the list included the county boards' unrestricted current general expense fund balances and the number of personnel paid through local funds.

Eight counties remain on the list: Calhoun, Grant, Greenbrier, Pendleton, Randolph, Upshur, Webster and Brooke counties.

Officials say the WVDE provides assistance to help counties on the list become financially stable.