CHARLESTON (AP) — The state’s control of Lincoln County Schools could be nearing an end after more than a decade.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the state Board of Education voted Wednesday to give the school system preliminary full accreditation status.
Office of Education Performance Audits director Gus Penix recommended the move. This fall, the office will conduct a full audit of the school system. If the findings are favorable, Lincoln County would regain full control of its schools.
The state seized control of the school system in 2000 due to shoddy buildings, illegal hiring practices and low student test scores. In December 2010, the state returned control of most of the system’s operations to the county school board.