The audit describes 56 findings and recommendations for six state-level areas: Administration, facilities, human resources, transportation, regional coordination and ancillary services such as health services, professional development and purchasing.
The audit claims if the recommendations are implemented, it could save more than $18.1 million in the first year and more than $115 million over five years. Some of those recommendations include:
Ultimately, the audit zones in on three counties to examine the issues from a local perspective. While the audit states it cannot measure statewide implications from a sample size of three counties -- Wyoming, Taylor and Harrison -- it uses the individual projected savings for each county to predict annual savings of about $70 million if recommendations were applied statewide.
If all of the audit's recommendations are implemented, West Virginia is looking at total annual savings of $90 million, the report claims.
The Board of Education has spent months preparing an official response to the audit -- hosting a weekend retreat and hiring a staffer to help propose a draft -- and will unveil the response in a special meeting at 1 p.m. at Capitol Complex Building 6, Room 353.
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