Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 11, 2013

W.Va. school board president says audit misleading

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The president of the West Virginia Board of Education is disputing an audit's finding that the state education system has a top-heavy bureaucracy.

Wade Linger says the audit's administrative position numbers are misleading.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/11YgcTy) reports that Linger discussed the numbers Wednesday during a presentation to the board.

The audit found that more than 300 of the Department of Education's 637 full-time positions are administrative and management staff who oversee the state's public education system. Linger says there are only 43 core administrative and management staff.

He also says the audit incorrectly stated that West Virginia's student-to-education-staff is 419-1. He says the correct ratio is 6,581-to-1. That reflects the 43 administrative positions.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin commissioned the wide-ranging audit in 2011.

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