WVEA won't sit quietly as teachers, ESP face pay cuts in Boone County

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WVEA won't sit quietly as teachers, ESP face pay cuts in Boone
By WSAZ Staff

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Education Association, a union that represents teachers in Boone County says that they won't sit quietly as teachers face pay cuts.

On July 18, it was announced that teachers would take a $4,000 pay cut and lose their vision and dental benefits, as a way for the county to regroup after facing a nearly $9m budget shortfall.

As a result of that decision WVEA leaders say they plan to take legal action.

Thursday night was the first meeting with Boone County Employees and the WVEA about this topic.

As an organization WVEA says it is committed to helping the employees who are caught in this situation. The organization believes the school board has violated the constitutional and due process rights of employees.

Andy Katz, general counsel for WVEA said, "I do anticipate we'll be taking some legal action and there's different forms you can file a case or a grievance so, we're looking at the different forms and the different causes of action that will hopefully get some sort of legal redress."

WSAZ learned Thursday night that some teachers have submitted their resignations since the news of the cuts broke.

"I began educating students and got into teaching because I love the career. I love the students, I enjoy what I do but at the end of the day we all have to make a living," said Joseph Stewart, a teacher for Boone County Schools.

The next Boone County School Board meeting is set for August 1 at 6 p.m.