Mason County Board of Education - Report on findings

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Burton, WV

#1 Dec 11, 2010
December 8, 2010
Mason schools given ultimatum
State BOE says county has 1 year to correct its problems
By Davin White
The Charleston Gazette
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CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Mason County schools administrators have one year to correct major financial, personnel and curriculum problems discovered by state education auditors, West Virginia Board of Education members said Wednesday.

State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine said that in his eight years with the Department of Education, the situation in Mason County is the most serious he's seen in any county where the state board has not directly intervened.

Kenna Seal, executive director of the Office of Education Performance Audits, said his office took a look in Mason after it was made aware that things "may have run into the ditch up there."

Over the past five years, the entire county has failed to make adequate yearly progress, a state and federal benchmark of student achievement.

Auditors uncovered several financial problems at the county office.

The county had overspent more than $2.8 million, causing a deficit in Mason's general fund. County school board members plan to balance the budget by 2014.

By late October, Mason County had not published or submitted an annual financial statement to the state Department of Education.

State board member Bill White raised a question about one bill that exceeded $21,000 at Glade Springs Resort, and the lack of an itemized receipt. A detailed receipt of more than $3,000 also was missing for a bill from Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.

Four county-issued credit cards did not properly list the individual cardholder's name, and auditors discovered possible personal expenses from earlier this year, including the purchase of an iPhone application and a car charger.

Auditors found that the county apparently did not have a process in place to pre-approve overtime hours, which would help keep costs down and verify whether the overtime worked was necessary.

New Mason County Superintendent Suzanne Dickens, who took office in July, has since met with county employees and told them that overtime would be curtailed.

Assistant State Superintendent Joe Panetta said Mason County has experienced significant turnover, as three treasurers have worked there in about a four-month period. Dickens recently hired a new county treasurer.

Also, Seal noted that seven years worth of board minutes and agendas from past county meetings are missing. "That's a problem," he said.

Students in Mason County also scored lower, on average, than their peers across the state on several areas on the WESTEST 2, the state's annual standardized test.

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#2 Dec 11, 2010
A whole year? Give them six months.
daman

Point Pleasant, WV

#3 Dec 11, 2010
no wounder look who's on the BOE. you one guy can,t spell or read. oh and the little dumpy one that just came on the BOE is a real winner. he's not 1/3 as smart as he tells everyone he is. full of himself an you can't believe a word he says.
Gee

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Dec 11, 2010
What about the teacher's meeting last month. Where each teacher got paid $600.00 to attend the 6 hour meeting. It must be nice to make $100.00 an hour. And people wonder why the Mason county BOE is 2.8 million in the hole. Or is it part to due with the NFL field that was put in at Point High School?

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#5 Dec 11, 2010
The problem with Mason County schools is the teachers were educated here too. So it's just one big sad cycle. The blind leading the blind.
concerned

Point Pleasant, WV

#6 Dec 11, 2010
the school board and the mason county people did not pay for any of the NFL field at PPHS. all that money was donated, no matter what the scool board says. AEP donated 1/2 a millon dollars for the complex.
Gee

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Dec 12, 2010
Why did the Mason County BOE ask the Mason County Commission to loan them $1,000,000,000. To complete the field at point high school? Oh and why did the county comm cash in a $1,000,000,000 bond and loan the BOE the money?? The turf alone cost over $700,000. Just add the cost up the stands press box lights and the fince cost what another $1,000,000 and they don't even have restrooms. Oh and it's in black and white the loan was make that's a FACT!!!! Over the next 5 years the BOE has to pay the county's money back plus 250,000.
Gee

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Dec 12, 2010
concerned wrote:
the school board and the mason county people did not pay for any of the NFL field at PPHS. all that money was donated, no matter what the scool board says. AEP donated 1/2 a millon dollars for the complex.
So WHS and HHS plays on dirt. Where is there 1/2 a million for there field? hell HHS didn't even have a press box last time I was there!! AEP must not care about the other to schools in this county. Or was Oh yes that's rite. The money from AEP was for all three high schools in mason county. But the fine BOE spent the HOLE 1/2 a million on point! Well WHS an HHS are the red headed step kids I guess.
unreal

Huntington, WV

#9 Dec 12, 2010
i can't believe that you people voted and re-elected two of the present boe members! the oepa findings thinks in inappropriated for them to coach, etc, but here they are doing what they want to do, once again! oepa findings also found they have written checks to themselves! come on mason county use common sense next time when voting!
Amanda

Jackson, MI

#10 Dec 12, 2010
Well the big problem started with DR Parsons and Cris Cambell,and the present board members ,and it time for a change.We the tax payers do not need to pay for all these fine trips for the board, do we get our money back when we pay tax's,and these school bus's running up and down the road with no one in them,They take a bus and make it there own transpotion out of it,they use them as if they was there own car,people need to set in on a board meeting and take order. A month or two ago i saw a bus setting at Rite Aid,this needs to stop.The bus # was 995 one of our board members brother.I was told a bus dont get good fuel mileage any way 5 or 6 miles to the gallon so what does Mason co have 50 60 bus's a day on the road,1 million saved in two years go do your math.
Findings

United States

#11 Dec 12, 2010
To bad they didn't find all the information but, wait they are coming back maybe just maybe the thirteen years of poor or lack of leadership will be exposed.
Sad

Huntington, WV

#12 Dec 12, 2010
Just go look at the OEPA findings google OEPA wv and you all will see the entire findings. It's available to the public. I liked the poor hiring processes. It's not that they don't want to hire people from out of county. They want to hire people that are not the most qualified. They want to hire people that have a certain last name & hire puppets to do what they want. They are still doing what they want, look at the most recent board agenda. The last name cottrill is right back on there after the oepa deemed that inappropriate..........good ol' mason county not what you know but who you know
ICU812

Point Pleasant, WV

#13 Dec 12, 2010
Sad wrote:
Just go look at the OEPA findings google OEPA wv and you all will see the entire findings. It's available to the public. I liked the poor hiring processes. It's not that they don't want to hire people from out of county. They want to hire people that are not the most qualified. They want to hire people that have a certain last name & hire puppets to do what they want. They are still doing what they want, look at the most recent board agenda. The last name cottrill is right back on there after the oepa deemed that inappropriate..........good ol' mason county not what you know but who you know
You may wanna go back and read it again. OPEA was concerned that a board member was hired as a coach and not getting paid.(but there was no evidence available to support that assertion and no written agreement on hand that prevents him from collecting payment in the future.)He is volunteering his time and saving the county money. If you are so concerned about him getting hired as a coach, then you need to go apply. In a time we cannot find people to coach at the schools in the county, we complain when someone volunteers their time to help a group of kids learn a sport.
unreal

Huntington, WV

#14 Dec 12, 2010
ICU812 wrote:
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You may wanna go back and read it again. OPEA was concerned that a board member was hired as a coach and not getting paid.(but there was no evidence available to support that assertion and no written agreement on hand that prevents him from collecting payment in the future.)He is volunteering his time and saving the county money. If you are so concerned about him getting hired as a coach, then you need to go apply. In a time we cannot find people to coach at the schools in the county, we complain when someone volunteers their time to help a group of kids learn a sport.
i read it too...looks to me like the good ol board covered up the fact that he was coaching and "possibly" getting paid. they can't seem to find any evidence that he was or was not getting paid, how convienant for the boe ;) who in the world wants to coach with good ol lewis at the helm anyway! you need to go back and look again...here i copied and pasted it for ya!! READ AGAIN!!! with no evidence in place, who knows right?? i think the right thing to do would be to NOT allow members of the boe to hold county positions. if you want to coach then resign from the boe, it's simple. administrators are not allowed to coach, so why should boe members be allowed? aren't they one in the same?? the part that you quoted was our personnel dept. side stepping another allegation. Here is the quote, found at sec. 7.6 OEPA

2. A Mason County Schools Board Member was employed as a Junior High Volleyball Coach at Point Pleasant Junior Senior High School for the 2010-2011 season. The board member did abstain from hiring himself. Central office personnel reported that this individual is working as a volunteer, but there was no evidence available to support that assertion and no written agreement on hand that prevents him from collecting payment in the future.
Sad

Huntington, WV

#15 Dec 12, 2010
Looks like the oepa was concerned the board member WAS getting paid. See the BOE is good at making a play on words and switching stuff around to make them look good. Board members should not be allowed to get paid to coach. Sign a waiver, well nevermind board members have checks issued to themselves without receipts to back it up too, so that won't work., I know if I did that I'd be prosecuted for embezzlement.
ICU812

Point Pleasant, WV

#16 Dec 12, 2010
unreal wrote:
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i read it too...looks to me like the good ol board covered up the fact that he was coaching and "possibly" getting paid. they can't seem to find any evidence that he was or was not getting paid, how convienant for the boe ;) who in the world wants to coach with good ol lewis at the helm anyway! you need to go back and look again...here i copied and pasted it for ya!! READ AGAIN!!! with no evidence in place, who knows right?? i think the right thing to do would be to NOT allow members of the boe to hold county positions. if you want to coach then resign from the boe, it's simple. administrators are not allowed to coach, so why should boe members be allowed? aren't they one in the same?? the part that you quoted was our personnel dept. side stepping another allegation. Here is the quote, found at sec. 7.6 OEPA
2. A Mason County Schools Board Member was employed as a Junior High Volleyball Coach at Point Pleasant Junior Senior High School for the 2010-2011 season. The board member did abstain from hiring himself. Central office personnel reported that this individual is working as a volunteer, but there was no evidence available to support that assertion and no written agreement on hand that prevents him from collecting payment in the future.
Administrators can coach and so can BOE members. They are not one in the same. 7.6 suggests that a policy be put in rffect that would eliminate the possibility of having to pay in the future. So again you are complaining about somethin that is not significant to the problem at hand. If you dont like how it is handled, I suggest you go back to school, obtain a degree in edcuation, apply to be a teacher, and then apply to be a volleyball coach. If you don't like that suggestion then SHUT UP and quit whining like a little baby about someone hired in a coaching position noone wanted.
Amanda

Evart, MI

#17 Dec 12, 2010
ICU812 wrote:
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You may wanna go back and read it again. OPEA was concerned that a board member was hired as a coach and not getting paid.(but there was no evidence available to support that assertion and no written agreement on hand that prevents him from collecting payment in the future.)He is volunteering his time and saving the county money. If you are so concerned about him getting hired as a coach, then you need to go apply. In a time we cannot find people to coach at the schools in the county, we complain when someone volunteers their time to help a group of kids learn a sport.
Well there is not a board member down there that would do something free for the kids and if you think they would you are full of shit.
Amanda

Evart, MI

#18 Dec 12, 2010
ICU812 wrote:
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Administrators can coach and so can BOE members. They are not one in the same. 7.6 suggests that a policy be put in rffect that would eliminate the possibility of having to pay in the future. So again you are complaining about somethin that is not significant to the problem at hand. If you dont like how it is handled, I suggest you go back to school, obtain a degree in edcuation, apply to be a teacher, and then apply to be a volleyball coach. If you don't like that suggestion then SHUT UP and quit whining like a little baby about someone hired in a coaching position noone wanted.
Hell acording to the state board we have people that is not even cert, so you get a a degree and do the job
ICU812

Point Pleasant, WV

#19 Dec 12, 2010
Amanda wrote:
<quoted text>Hell acording to the state board we have people that is not even cert, so you get a a degree and do the job
OK Amanda thats what I will do instead of whining and complaining about it.
noway

Huntington, WV

#20 Dec 12, 2010
administrators cannot coach. i just looked up policy and here recently several administrators put in for a basketball position, one for softball and then were told to resign, because of POLICY! ICU812 you need to get that degree and stop whining too, i love how you skipped around the entire oepa page posted up there for you to see. IT is copied and pasted for you!! everyone please google the oepa wv and see for yourselves how these members have indulged in iphone usages, and had a great trip to glade springs...then maybe, he did volunteer his services, since he was able to cut a check to himself later on :) have a nice day sir! or should i say member of the royal cottrill family :)

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