Boone school board makes state-ordered cuts
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
MADISON, W.Va. -- Boone County school board members voted today to finally make severe cuts to their employees’ pay and benefits, a move that will seemingly avert the state Board of Education takeover that was automatically set to take effect today if the board refused to make the state-ordered cuts a third time.
The unanimous vote, taken before an audience of about 250 people in the gymnasium of Scott High School, means Boone’s public school employees, previously second only to Putnam County in West Virginia for average worker pay, will immediately lose thousands of dollars in annual pay along with their employer-paid dental and vision insurance coverage. The governor-appointed state school board had threatened to make the cuts anyway if the locally elected Boone board members’ continued refusal to comply led it to take power over the school system away from them.
State Department of Education spokeswoman Kristin Anderson has said the reduction of the county supplement paid to all Boone professional and service employees would mean a $3,800 to $4,000 salary cut per professional employee, including teachers and school administrators, and a $3,650 to $3,850 salary cut per service employee, including custodians and bus drivers. She said that reduction would bring Boone down to the state-minimum salaries that about 25 other counties pay.
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