UPDATE (11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April, 5th, 2022): During the board meeting Tuesday night, the spotlight was on the school’s progress following a State of Emergency.

When a State of Emergency takes place, it means that a county is one step away from being taken over by the state. This has happened to Lincoln County Schools in the past.

In order to avoid the same outcome, the school district has been following guidance from a state-appointed educator.

This was originally put into place citing multiple issues in the school district, including excessive overtime and issues with school busses.

Almost a year and a half later, representatives from the West Virginia Department of Education gave a progress report on the district’s current status. The results were what they were hoping for.

I can’t tell you what the future holds. I don’t know, but I can tell you that progress is being made, significant progress.

Lynn Hurt, WVDE representative

Superintendent Jeff Kelley says it’s been a long process, but he is pleased with how the district is coming along.

It’s a testament to the greatness of our people here and the work that has been done. I’m looking forward t what’s next.

Jeff Kelley, Lincoln County Schools Superintendent

The WVDE is not taking control of the district at this time, but the State of Emergency is still in effect. The school board will meet again with the WVDE in June to determine what action if any, will need to be taken.


LINCOLN COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — The Lincoln County Board of Education will hear an update on the school system’s State of Emergency at their meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be in the Lincoln County Schools (LCS) board room.

Since Nov. 2020, LCS has been under a State of Emergency. The board meeting will address lifting the State of Emergency.

Lynn Hurt of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDOE) will present the current state of the school system and plans for moving forward. Matt Hicks, also from the WVDOE, will answer questions on LCS’s progress.

“I am looking forward to see what the state has to say about our progress,” said Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Jeff Kelley. “Our central office staff and school employees have been and continue to work hard to provide our students with a first-class education.”

To watch a live stream of the meeting at 6 p.m., click here.