Board of Education member Gayle Manchin, the wife of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., serves as the co-chairwoman of the Globaloria-WV Advisory Board and was among those who pushed for the state to implement the program.
Idit Caperton, the wife of former governor Gaston Caperton, founded the company.
Board member Mike Green, who has a small investment in the company that created AmberVision, has denied any ties to the allegations. Linger, who has a background in the technology business, has also denied accusations that he had a financial interest in the AmberVision program.
Jason Hodge, treasurer and secretary for the AmberVision Foundation, confirmed Tuesday that the nonprofit has never had a contract with the West Virginia Department of Education.
"AmberVision has never had a contract with the state Board of Education, no-bid or otherwise. It has always been free to West Virginians," he said. "We never received a nickel from the Board of Education. Allegations to the contrary are unfounded. How can you have a problem with a no-bid contract that doesn't exist?"
The board must agree to the independent contracts review, which will be discussed today at a meeting at Lincoln County High School at 10:30 a.m.
"The governor's education audit allowed us to recognize areas in which we are succeeding and areas that need improvement. The board must lead and chart the path forward as we provide ideas, direction, inspiration and the supervision necessary to create a strong educational system for our students. The request for an independent review of contracts is an example of our hands-on approach," Linger said.
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