School hallways remain empty heading into 9th day of teacher strike

Parents looked to Berkeley County School Board members for answers

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - With the West Virginia teacher's strike funneling over into its 9th day, some parents are wondering when their children will make up the lost days.

On Monday night, they looked towards the school board for answers.

School hallways remain empty across West Virginia and there's no telling when they'll be filled again.

"All of us want our kids in school, we all do, but this is important. It's very important," 7th grade teacher, Cheryl Colbert said.

While the conversation is geared towards pay raises and health insurance, some parents worry about graduation and make-up days.

"I just wonder if anyone has thought of that and I wonder what your plan is for making those days up," said a father from Hedgesville.

The strike has even affected students applying for scholarships.  

"My son is lucky enough and has worked hard enough to be a promise scholar, there's probably a lot of seniors out there who are still working on that," the father said.

Because students haven't been able to meet with guidance counselors, Delegate Jill Upson asked the State Higher Education Policy Commission to extend the March 1st deadline for the Promise Scholarship.

The Promise Scholarship is a merit-based financial aid program for West Virginia residents.

Senator Joe Manchin is also calling on legislatures to end the teacher strike.

"You're not going to have people come into our state, you're not going to have people investing in our state, or creating good opportunities for good jobs if you don't have a good education system," Senator Manchin said.

Teachers said they will stand their ground as long as needed.

"We're going to stay strong and united throughout this whole thing so that my kids will know that we are fighters and what we believe in," Spring Mills Middle School teacher, Jennifer Gregory said.

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