G-FYI™: Letter to Vision Shared, Inc.
June 18, 2012
215 College St.
Glenville, WV 26351
Ms. Rebecca McPhail Randolph
President and CEO
Vision Shared, Inc.
729 9th Avenue, No. 199
Huntington, WV 25701-2718
Dear Ms. Randolph:
When West Virginia State Department of Education (WVDOE) officials seize control of a county’s school system a formal exit plan is not used. Accordingly, there is no documentation of specific remedial tasks to perform and task completion priorities and accomplishment dates are not defined as part of a trackable project management system. The result is a loose management style that can take years for a school system to be returned to local control.
After Gilmer County’s school system was seized by the WVDOE in 2011 it became apparent that there was no schedule for returning it to local control and a Gilmer Schools Coalition was formed. Information regarding the Coalition’s activities can be accessed at www.gilmerfreepress.net.
The Coalition’s membership proposed an exit plan to the WVDOE as an efficient and trackable approach for remedying issues in the County. A copy of the plan is attached with the thought that perhaps it could be used as a model for all counties with seized school systems. You are respectfully requested to review the plan and to consider including it in the final set of Vision’s recommendations for improving the WVDOE’s effectiveness.
Dr. William K. Simmons (304.462.8771) a former Chancellor of the State’s Higher Education System and a retired Glenville State College president is the Coalition’s spokesperson. He was elected to the Gilmer County School Board on which I am serving out an unexpired term of a former member.
The opportunity to submit the exit plan for Vision’s consideration is appreciated. My objective for the submission is to try to help achieve critically needed changes with the way the WVDOE operates to enable our youth to receive the quality of K-12 educations they deserve.
Carl L. Armour, Ph.D.