The 150-page audit said West Virginia has one of the most highly regulated education systems in the country and recommends a series of major changes -- from what it called right-sizing the state education department to implementing energy savings in schools that would save millions.
If fully implemented, the audit said, West Virginia could save $90 million a year on its education system.
Paxton, vice chairman of the House Education Committee, declined to comment on the specific recommendations.
"I'd rather wait and see what they found," Paxton said. "I do know it's thorough. I know they're looking at a lot of things."
Wood, a construction worker running in the 14th District, said he supports the audit's recommendation that the education department no longer run the Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. Wood said another state agency could run the Jackson County facility.
"It would be better taken out of education," Wood said.
Brian "Scotty" Scott, a Republican in the House 13th District, said West Virginia's teachers are assigned "too many administrative side chores." Scott, a substitute teacher, said his colleagues struggle to teach students of different abilities.
"When it's all said and done, nobody's getting the instruction they need and deserve," Scott said.
Butler said he doesn't understand why it has taken so long for the state Board of Education to respond to the audit.
"I think the audit came out in January, and we've spent $750,000 on it, and we've done nothing," Butler said. "We're dropping the ball here."
Cadle gave the state's schools a blunt assessment: "The education system is a wreck," he said.
The House 13th District covers parts of Putnam, Mason and Jackson counties. The 14th District stretches across Putnam and Mason counties.
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