CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Another report concerning the state education efficiency audit is taking longer than expected.
The report from Vision Shared, the nonprofit that led forums throughout the summer to discuss the audit, isn't finished, said Vision Shared CEO Rebecca Randolph.
"I keep thinking this was going to move a lot faster than it has," Randolph said Tuesday in a phone interview.
In January, Public Works LLC released an audit of the state education system, commissioned by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin at a cost of $750,000. The audit included more than 50 recommendations Public Works believes could help the state education system run more smoothly and save close to $115 million over the course of five years.
Although some officials have discussed portions of the audit recommendations, there has been no formal response to the audit from any state education or legislative entity.
In late May, Tomblin announced the creation of eight community forums to be held during June and July throughout the state. Vision Shared and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce hosted the events.
"Business and community leaders, as well as every West Virginian concerned about our education system will have the opportunity to discuss how to best use this information as we strive to improve education in the state," Tomblin stated in the press release announcing the forums.
Tomblin went to the first forum in Elkins but did not stay for the entire event. At the fourth forum, held June 28 in Charleston, Hallie Mason, the governor's director of public policy, said the governor had not attended any forum in full. She wasn't sure if he planned to attend any future forums but said members of his staff would be present at each event.
Mason said the governor was waiting to hear from all parties involved before responding to the audit. Calls placed Tuesday to a Tomblin spokesperson were not returned.
The forums cost about $66,000, with about $43,000 of that amount going to Vision Shared. In June, Randolph said Vision Shared would compile a report of feelings or ideas expressed at the forums. The report will not be a direct response to the audit itself, she said Tuesday.
"We didn't feel as though it was our responsibility or maybe even our place to make recommendations," she said.