Brooke Co. BOE discusses financial review, potential law violation
BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. —
Monday’s Brooke Board of Education meeting was the first full meeting for Interim Superintendent Jeffrey Crooks, and it was a busy one.
During the meeting, Board President Ted Pauls read a letter from the West Virginia Department of Education regarding a financial review.
"There have been some concerns identified thus far including, but not limited to, contract irregularities, salary irregularities, and job description irregularities,” Pauls said.
The message stated that the results came from an onsite financial review on January 7-9, 2019 and then remote follow ups since then.
"Certainly the timing of approval and cost of raises can be questioned; however, the Brooke County Board of Education was within a statutory right to approve the salary scale which resulted in the central office salary increases,” Pauls said.
In the letter, the West Virginia Department of Education stated that it will continue to follow up and will provide a complete report.
Another topic of discussion was if the Open Governmental Proceedings Law was violated.
A preliminary report was presented that looked at the raises that were given to some administrators on June 25, 2018.
Kim Croyle, an attorney for Bowles Rice, had looked into the matter and provided her initial report.
"From what I found, there was not a violation of the Open Governmental Proceedings Law. There was instead a lack of information provided to the board,” Croyle said.
It was also determined that Interim Superintendent Jeffrey Crook will be revising the policy on disclosing board public records.