Investigation underway into spending in Logan County schools

By Chris Lawrence in News
LOGAN, W.Va. — The Logan County School Board office is now the target of an investigation by the Legislature’s Commission on Special Investigations. The investigation centers on allegations of misuse of county school funds.

Superintendent Phyllis Doty abruptly announced her retirement this week setting her departure date as September 30th. However, Board of Education President Paul Hardesty said the board accepted the retirement,which had a 60 day notice clause and agreed to buyout her remaining 60 days, making her retirement effective immediately. Hardesty confirmed the investigation, but could not comment on the nature of the probe during last week’s board meeting in which Doty’s retirement was accepted.

Published reports indicated Doty is under scrutiny after allegations she spent $4,800 in county school money on decorations for her son’s wedding. Hardesty told the Charleston Gazette-Mail the investigation was over “purchasing improprieties” on a state issued purchasing card.

Doty was being paid $115,000 a year and had recently agreed to a four-year contract extension, but with her retirement decision the contract was nullified.

“The monetary exposure to the Board is two months pay. That is it,” Hardesty told MetroNews. “The Board wanted to put this dark chapter behind us. We plan to hire an interim Superintendent this week.”

School starts in Logan County August 18th.