Yes Auditors, Our Legislation Encourages “Deadhead” Travel


By now, most of us have had a chance to review the Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia's Primary and Secondary Education System (“Audit”), conducted by Public Works LLC. The Audit resulted in more than 50 findings and recommendations. The auditors, among other things, declared that West Virginia has one of the most highly regulated education systems in the country with many details linked to state code, which results in little flexibility to modify policy and operations.

The first section of this Audit describes 56 findings and recommendations spread over six (6) state-level function areas, one of which is “Transportation”. For those of us working on a daily basis with county boards of education, transportation is always a daily issue in one way or another. Whether it’s determining the difference between extra duty and extracurricular assignments (and how to legally give them to the correct employee), step-up issues, summer seniority determinations, changes in routes (potentially causing transfer issues), or numerous other problems, there are always transportation issues. Although just a small portion of the Audit relates to transportation, one of the recommendations in this particular area caught our attention.

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