BOE submits accounts for forensic audit

By Owen Wells - [email protected]


LOGAN, W.Va. — A list of accounts from the Logan County Board of Education have been submitted to the office of State Auditor J.B. McCuskey for forensic audit.

The audit was announced by McCuskey and board members of the Logan County Board of Education March 9, 2017.

The audit is reportedly looking for financial improprieties perpetrated by former Superintendent of Logan Count Schools Phyllis Doty.

Doty allegedly spent more than $9,000 of money from the BOE on her son’s wedding.

In August 2016, the Logan Banner was able to obtain documents which showed the BOE placed an order for more than $4,800 at the wedding store, Column Warehouse.

On March 12, 2015, Ray Ellis, formerly a purchasing director with the Logan Board of Education, received an order confirmation from Column Warehouse.

Ellis forwarded the email to an employee at Chapmanville Middle School asking, “You ordering this? Not sure why I got this email.”

The items ordered include six 20 inch urns costing $443, six 55 inch standing floor urns worth more than $1,135, two Doric style pedestal columns for $225 and a Tuscan half oval colonnade worth $1,650.

The cost to ship the items exceeded $1,020, and on April 1, 2015, Ellis forwarded a shipping confirmation from the Column Warehouse to Doty.

The Logan Banner also received a photos allegedly posted to Facebook by Doty showing a half oval colonnade in use at a wedding which matches the description of the colonnade ordered from Column Warehouse.

Another order from the website, Displays2Go was paid by check from the BOE totaling $4,388.17.

An invoice for an order which arrived at the Ralph R. Willis Vocational Center (RRW) March 12. 2015, shows items like pink and white markers, four juice dispensers, 2 polygonal beverage dispensers, a small chalkboard and 30 bread baskets.

An invoice for an order received at RRW April 24, 2015, details items like more pink and white markers, small table-top sized risers, 20 polyester napkins, a cookie bin and two luggage racks.

An email from Ellis to Displays2Go concerning the changes made to one of the orders was also obtained.

The email states in part, “…let Phyllis and I know if anything else needs to be changed.”

A letter to State Auditor McCuskey details the accounts to be audited.

— Pro Start Program at RRW

— Adult Services and Nursing at RRW

— Robotics at RRW

— Chorus/Music at Chapmanville, Logan and Man middle schools and high schools and the BOE

— Levy Funds from the Lincoln County BOE

— The Little Mermaid theatrical production at Logan Middle School

— Technology at the BOE

— Expenditures at the Man High School and Man Middle School

— Mini-grants applicable to individual schools and the BOE

— Grant Funds at Logan High School

— Permanent improvement fund from BOE

— Credit cards including fuel cards and purchase chards

— ROTC at Chapmanville Regional High School

— All Booster clubs at all schools in the county

The audit will also confirm the compliance with a debt reduction scheme entered into the by the Town of Chapmanville and the BOE.

The Town of Chapmanville reportedly owed the BOE money for utilities from the old Chapmanville High School which was used by the town for meetings.

The Town of Chapmanville entered into an agreement to provide in-kind services in place of cash for the debt.

Chapmanville agreed to provide the BOE with a police officer at Chapmanville Regional High School as well as snow removal at area schools.


By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]

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