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West Virginia state school board member ‘perplexed’ by non-finance-focused ‘finance’ subcommittee

By RYAN QUINN

Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Debra Sullivan told her fellow West Virginia Board of Education members Wednesday that she was perplexed, a word she repeated, alarmed and concerned about a state school board “finance” committee suddenly adding lawmakers as members and discussing non-finance-related topics.

“I was perplexed and dismayed to see that there was a policy committee established without our knowledge, without our opportunity for input,” Sullivan said.

It’s rare for the board’s members to publicly express disagreement. None of the seven other board members at the meeting near Berkeley Springs echoed her concern, though board President Dave Perry apologized.

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