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WV Board of Ed Terminates Contract with Youth Home


The state will no longer provide education services at a facility for youth in Berkeley County.

The Charleston Gazette reports that West Virginia Board of Education terminated its contract with the Board of Child Care of The United Methodist Church last week.

The move follows investigations by the Department of Health and Human Resources that found safety lapses and frequent runaways.

DHHR spokeswoman Allison Adler says the facility only accepted youth who were in state custody due to juvenile justice or child abuse and neglect cases.

The DHHR moved all 38 residents elsewhere in March. The agency then accepted a corrective plan from the facility that requires an educational program.

The state school board’s attorney, Mary Catherine Funk, says the facility could partner with a county school board.