Ninety (not 180) degree turn! Full throttle! The Charleston Gazette now is reporting that the State Office of Technology “has no intent of moving those [WVNET] employees” from the Morgantown area. It is not clear where they would work, however, as their building and equipment would be gone.
So much to comment upon it is hard to figure out where to start:
- The latest plan is to consolidate WVNET, sell its property, and move the equipment to Charleston or Flatwoods? Why would you not consolidate everything to Morgantown where you have qualified staff and a machine room at the ready? [Insert obvious answer here.]
- What about the 16 to 24 months West Virginia University needs to move services to its campus data center (which, by the way, was in a flood plain the last time I checked)? [Insert obvious answer here.]
- A proposed follow-up question to the statement that the Higher Education Policy Commission owns Bluefield State College and Concord University property, too: So the 2007 legislation was aimed at helping the Commission sell Bluefield State College’s and Concord University’s property, not the WVNET property? [Insert obvious answer here.]
Why doesn’t everyone just take a deep breath and admit one thing? There is no well-thought-out plan to do anything other than put up a “For Sale” sign on the WVNET property. I don’t mean to sound so bemused/ cynical/ sarcastic/ strident (take your pick), but seriously … technology is too important to our public schools, our colleges, our courts, our government, and our citizens not to have solid transition plans in place before selling property as important to the State as that on which WVNET sits. Even more important, the environment in which good plans are developed and implemented requires trust, and there’s not likely to be much trust after all of this.