State Board of Education to consider Boone County Wednesday
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia Board of Education could vote this week to take over Boone County’s public school system, now that Boone’s board has twice refused the state schools superintendent’s orders to make severe employee pay and benefit cuts and submit a “fiscally sufficient” budget for this fiscal and school year.
The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Room 353 of Building 6 of the Capitol Complex in Charleston, after an earlier meeting on the board’s upcoming A-F grading system that starts at 9 a.m. The meeting could continue Thursday at 9 a.m. if the agenda isn’t finished Wednesday, although board staff members said they expect the Boone issues to come up early Wednesday.
They said they didn’t know what state Superintendent Michael Martirano will suggest the state board do. It was unclear Monday how state board members would vote on taking power over a third school system away from its locally elected board.
The state board is a group of nine voting members who are appointed by the governor to nine-year terms and can be reappointed. There also are several nonvoting members.