West Point Independent School District called a special school board meeting Friday evening to discuss their response to a recent audit by the Kentucky Department of Education.

The audit, which took place in July, reviewed the district on planning, operational support, fis­cal management, personnel administration, in­structional management and other issues. The recommendation of the audit was for the state to manage the school district.

Since the audit, leaders in the school district have been in defense mode and discussed in closed session Friday night the option to appeal the findings of the audit.

Chairman Eddie Moore read a statement on the motion discussed in closed session.

“A motion was made and seconded to appeal the recommendation of the commissioner of education that the West Point Independent school district and its board of education be placed under state management and further elects to participate in an administrative hearing before KEA to be held in compliance to KRS chapter 13.B (administrative hearings) pursuant to all applicable state and federal laws.”

The board members unanimously voted in support of the appeal.

“I’m going to support the decision of our board. They love this community, they love our school and our students, and we feel like we want to share our story as it is today rather than as it was in July,” interim superintendent Sally Sugg said. “They’ve decided to appeal. We’ll take it from there and hopefully have some great conversations with the commissioner and the state board of education.”

Sugg said they do not have a date for the hearing and currently do not know the timeline for the appeal process.

While there was an open session portion of the meeting, no community members attended.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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