Board Members Encourage Support For Teachers
The West Virginia School Board Association has adopted a resolution supporting the state’s teachers and service personnel. Notably, this resolution was drafted by Wetzel County Board of Education President Warren Grace and Wetzel County Board of Education member Amy Cooley.
Cooley said during the Winter Conference of the WVSBA, Grace requested the association show its support of teachers and service personnel.
Cooley said the resolution was adopted on Feb. 17 and will be submitted.
The resolution states that the WV State Legislature has the constitutional mandate to adequately fund public education, but teachers haven’t received a legislatively passed pay increase for six years.
A proposed increase in employee contributions to state insurance (PEIA) “will place an additional financial burden on all current and retired educators.”
Furthermore, the says WV is losing highly qualified personnel to surrounding states “due to the fact that our teachers and service personnel rank 48th in terms of median teacher and personnel salaries.”
“Public education is the widely acknowledged backbone of any civilized society,” the resolution states.
Meanwhile, the WVSBA represents all 55 county boards of educations, and through the resolution, the WVSBA urges immediate passage of legislation addressing “these critically important issues.”