Boone school board rejects state-mandated cuts

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Boone school board rejects state-mandated cuts
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

FOSTER, W.Va. – The Boone County school board voted 5-0 Thursday afternoon to reject directives from state Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano to make severe cuts to employee benefits.

The move received cheers from an audience of about 90 people in the Boone County Schools operations complex in Foster.

These directives, which officials said were sent to them by Martirano around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, would have forced the county to eliminate even more professional and service jobs for the next fiscal year, which starts Friday.

Boone central office administrators declined comment after Thursday’s vote. 
In his letter, Martirano wrote that state law “requires that, prior to approval, I ensure the budgets for all county boards of educations are reasonable and accurate, cover actual requirements of school operation, and maintain the minimum employment and instructional terms.

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