EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLincoln County To Vote On Renewing Levy
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 13, 2013 9:29 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 13, 2013 10:59 PM EST
Lincoln County , West Virginia
The Kanawha County school levy's failure this weekend has another county worried voters will do the same thing with their levy.
This weekend, voters will head to the polls to decide whether or not to extend the school board excess levy in Lincoln County.
School officials said they are hoping things turn out a little better for them than they did in Kanawha County.
A $3.5 million excess levy is up for a vote.
"It's just vital to the success of a child's education," Kirk King, federal programs coordinator, said.
The levy helps fund various educational programs throughout the county.
This is a breakdown of how that money is split up:
-$15,000 helps out with 4-h programs
The passing of the levy wouldn't raise tax dollars. It would just be a vote to continue what's already in place.
But if it fails, school leaders said the effect would be devastating.
“You just go down the line and you cut out $3.5 million,” Birdie Gandy, Lincoln County Schools treasurer, said. “So everybody gets a pay cut, more students to classrooms, we would have split grades, we would have to cut almost all after school activities. It would affect sporting events. I mean it would just be widespread. Probably nothing would be untouched."
King said the cuts could hurt the future of Lincoln County students.
“We'd be setting ourselves back 50 years in education,” he said. “Those children will be sitting in straight lines in desks. I mean, I can see it, because that's what you have to do. You have to go back to what you had."
Last weekend, Kanawha County was not successful in passing their excess school levy. However, that levy would have raised tax dollars.
So those in Lincoln County are hoping, since this is just a levy renewal, they will get the full support of the public.
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