Audit: W.Va. Underfunded Schools by Net $30 million over Seven Years

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- An audit says West Virginia underfunded 36 school districts by $52 million over seven years, while overfunding 19 counties by $22 million.

In Sunday's audit, the legislative auditor's office says the Department of Education caused a $30.1 million net underfunding in budget years 2009 through 2015. It says officials misinterpreted school aid changes required to be phased in over five years starting in 2009.

The audit says Kanawha County was shorted $5.3 million, the most across 55 counties. The most overfunded county, Monongalia, received $1.4 million extra.

Pocahontas was underfunded by $1,103 per pupil and Hardy received $436 extra per student, the most in those categories.

Department of Education General Counsel Heather Hutchens Deskins said there were different legal interpretations. She noted the department wasn't allocated the additional $30 million.