Boone cuts mean some students don't have science textbooks

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Boone cuts mean some students don't have science textbooks
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The budget cuts that slashed Boone County public school employees’ pay and benefits this school year have also meant many Boone students don’t have science textbooks. Boone Assistant Superintendent Lisa Beck said the public school system got rid of its over-a-decade-old science books around the end of last school year.

“In the end of May and the first of June we were not aware of our financial situation that was coming ahead of us,” she said. “We had full intent of purchasing the textbooks over the summer like we normally do.”

But as of now, she said only sixth, seventh and eighth grades have textbooks in their classes. The other grades don’t have personal books or classroom sets — unlike Kanawha County, Boone doesn’t give computers to students to take home and use to read books and complete assignments.

Beck said she hopes Boone will be able to still buy the books this school year if this fall’s tax revenues come in high.By late February, Boone’s school board had already voted to close three elementary schools and cut 80 positions for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.

The state Department of Education said it received Boone’s originally proposed budget for this fiscal year on May 31, and it determined that budget could’ve caused schools to run out of money as early as April 2017, ahead of the June 30, 2017 end of this fiscal year.

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