Officials tapped to oversee fixes in Lincoln County schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Board of Education has approved new appointments to oversee financial and transportation troubles at Lincoln County schools.

The board had declared a state of emergency for the county’s schools in November as they reviewed problems including inadequate purchasing procedures, excessive overtime and poor record keeping for bus repairs.

Two former school officials with decades of experience will oversee improvements in the county. The board appointed Terry Harless, former chief financial officer for the West Virginia Department of Education, and Lynn Hunt, a longtime educator who has served as a county superintendent.

“Their understanding of state and local policies will be key in developing proper policies and procedures needed in the county for a solid pathway for sustained improvement,” said Miller Hall, president of the Board of Education.