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July 2007

Identification of Resource Needs

A thorough and efficient system of schools requires the provision of an adequate level of appropriately managed resources.  The West Virginia Board of Education adopted resource evaluation as a part of the accreditation and evaluation process.  This process is intended to meaningfully evaluate the needs for facilities, personnel, curriculum, equipment and materials in each of the county’s schools and how those impact program and student performance.

17.1.Facilities, equipment, and materials.  Facilities and equipment specified in Policy 6200, Chapters 1 through 14, are available in all schools, classrooms, and other required areas.  A determination will be made by using the Process for Improving Education (W.Va. Code §182E5) whether any identified deficiencies adversely impact and impair the delivery of a high quality educational program if it is below the West Virginia Board of Education standards due to inadequacies or inappropriate management in the areas of facilities, equipment, and materials.  The Education Performance Audit Teams shall utilize an assessment instrument for the evaluation of school facilities which generally follows the requirements of Policy 6200.  Note: Corrective measures to be taken in response to any identified resource deficiency will of necessity be subject to the feasibility of modifying existing facilities, consideration of alternative methods of instructional delivery, availability of funding, and prioritization of educational needs through Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plans and the West Virginia School Building Authority.  This policy does not change the authority, judgment, or priorities of the School Building Authority who is statutorily responsible for prioritizing “Need” for the purpose of funding school improvements or school construction in the State of West Virginia or the prerogative of the Legislature in providing resources.  (Policy 6200 and Tomblin v. Gainer)

According to the items checked in the School Facilities Evaluation Checklist, the school was below standard in the following areas.  The principal checked and the Team confirmed the following school facility resource needs.

17.1.1.School location.  The school site was not 11 acres + one acre for each 100 students over 600 and the site was not large enough for future expansion.  The site was not suitable for special instructional needs, i.e., outdoor learning.  On-site, solid surface parking was not adequate for staff, visitors, and individuals with limited mobility.  There was no playground/recreational area that was separated from streets and parking.

17.1.2. Administrative and service facilities.  The administrative office area did not include an adequate reception/waiting area and administrative personnel did not have sufficient work space and privacy.

17.1.3.Teachers’ workroom.  The teachers’ workroom did not have adequate size and did not have access to communication technology, such as telephone, fax, computer with Internet access, etc.

Office of Education Performance Audits

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