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W.Va. Board of Education votes to approve state education audit

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The state Board of Education addressed more than 100 recommendations that range from saving the state money to giving students access to the best technology.

It started off tense, but by the end, they voted unanimously to accept the audit.

Senator Lloyd Jackson said,  "What we talked about today is the most important thing we could ever talk about, despite all the controversy that surrounds us."

At issue:  the future of education in the state of West Virginia and an audit that recommends sweeping changes to nearly every aspect of the system.

"I am positive we accomplished something.  If you heard the comment at the end, this is the best discussion this board has ever had," said Pricilla Haden, a Board member. 

A surprising comment from Haden, one of two Board members who announced they would resign when a majority voted to oust superintendent Jorea Marple last week.

"I said I was not resigning until December 31st," said Haden.  "The reason I said that is because I wanted to see this audit through.  We have another meeting on November 29th.  I will also consider what happens at that meeting in deciding whether I resign or not."

Haden went through the audit, line by line asking questions and raising concerns about everything from teacher evaluations and performance recommendations, raising standards for students, plus cutting costs and waste in the system. 

"No, I didn't expect that but like I said, I'm glad she did.  I think it was a good exercise, it was healthy, and I'm very pleased that she did it," said Board President Wade Linger. 

Haden has expressed concerns about the transparency in past board meetings, especially as it relates to the Marple vote last week, that's what prompted the detail in this meeting. 

President Wade Linger says that concern has never been an issue.

"I obviously think transparency is important, and it's good.  But I take issue with the question of whether it has been," said Linger. 

Now that the board has voted to adopt the audit response, it's open for public review.

Board members tell me this is a living document and they expect to make adjustments. 

The web site is http://wvde.state.wv.us/