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WV school board member files ethics complaint

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As an expected decision on funding Fayette County’s controversial school consolidation plan nears, a West Virginia Board of Education member has filed an ethics complaint against the board’s president regarding related issues.

State school board member Bill White said he signed a complaint Thursday against board President Mike Green, alleging that a state school board member handbook the board approved in October was formed outside of required open meetings, wasn’t properly filed with the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability and contains illegal language.

An attachment in support of his complaint also alleges that it was illegal for Green to have Kristin Anderson, spokeswoman for the Department of Education, send out a news release that, according to White, “promoted his personal agenda and not that of the [state school] Board.”

White previously took issue with Green’s letter, publicized by Green in a release Anderson sent to the news media, in which he asked Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call a meeting for the state School Building Authority’s board to reverse its previous decision to not approve Fayette’s consolidation plan. Green said the SBA vote was illegal.

The governor refused to call that meeting. However, the SBA board has since reversed its decision anyway…

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