West Virginia County Regains Control Of Its Public Schools

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West Virginia has restored public school control in full for one county and in part for another.

Lincoln County regained its nine schools with around 3,700 students with a Wednesday vote by the state Board of Education.

The board also returned some powers to Grant County but kept oversight of personnel and finances. Grant has 1,900 students in five schools.

Lincoln lost control of is schools in 2000 because of rundown buildings, illegal hiring practices and low student test scores. While given provisional control in 2010, personnel problems again arose last year. Follow-up reviews this summer and fall led to Wednesday's decision.

The state took over Grant County schools in 2009 amid concerns about personnel, curriculum and county board leadership.

The board held Wednesday's meeting at Lincoln County High School.