KEYSER - A Keyser resident upset by a story he read in the News Tribune told the Mineral County Board of Education recently that they need to “fall in line” with the state's recommendations in terms of the amount of people they employ.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A Keyser resident upset by a story he read in the News Tribune told the Mineral County Board of Education recently that they need to “fall in line” with the state’s recommendations in terms of the amount of people they employ.
Referring to the July 22 story which reported on the board’s discussion surrounding the need for two custodial positions at Keyser High School, Curtis Perry told the board he was shocked to learn that the county is 25 service personnel positions over the number eligible for state aid.
“The perception at each meeting is that ‘the Mineral County Board of Education struggles when having to add more employees to a system that is over the number alllowed by the state,” he said.
Clearly, there is no struggle when you approve 25 positions over what the state determines is mandatory or adequate for proper education.”
Noting that the extra positions are “obviously” supported by the county’s excess levy, Perry asked, “What would happen to those 25 position if the levy tax is rejected?”
Perry went on to say he feels the 25 positions receive more benefit from the excess tax levy than the students, and urged the board members to come up with a plan to reduce the number of extra positions and instead use the money for “math, science labs, and other curriculum to support the teachers’ ideas of what they can do to improve our children’s education.”
Neither the board members nor members of administration gave any comments at the conclusion of Perry’s presentation.