Jefferson County Schools endorses pay raise bill

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Jefferson County Schools are in support of the pay raise bill West Virginia Governor Jim Justice introduced.

In a meeting that took place Feb. 25, the Jefferson County Schools Board of Education approved a resolution that urges the West Virginia Legislature to pass Gov. Justice’s pay raise bill and engage in education stakeholders.

“The school board felt that it was very important to pass a resolution letting the teachers, staff and community know that they supported the number of education initiatives,” JCS Superintendent Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson said.

According to the resolution, JCS said that the entire public education system continues to be underfunded. The resolution also alludes to budgets already being strained due to the increasing social-emotional needs of students.

“It is a huge sacrifice for our staff to remain here at a significantly lower pay rate when they could drive a short distance outside of the county make five figures more,” Gibson said.

Lynneia Atkinson, president of the Jefferson County American Federation of Teachers, said she’s unsure as to whether or not there will be another strike if HB 2730 fails.

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