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Fayette school board offered deal for getting local control

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Board of Education is close to giving back control of Fayette County’s school system to the county after seven years under state control.

News outlets report the state school board approved a memorandum of understanding Wednesday through a voice vote. No nays were heard.

The board had unanimously voted for the move last month.

The memorandum includes a requirement that the Fayette board continue to employ state-appointed Fayette schools Superintendent Terry George through June 30. It does not require the board to follow through with the controversial school consolidation plan that the past version of the state school board supported.

The memorandum must be approved by the Fayette County Board of Education.

The state board intervened in Fayette County in 2010, citing student achievement and facility issues.

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