Senate Adjourns Before Pay Raise Vote, West Virginia Schools Remain Closed

By Robert Bordelon

Schools across West Virginia are closed Thursday, March 1, a week after a school walkout began over state insurance rates and teacher pay. Schools were expected to reopen today after a deal was reached between Governor Jim Justice and union leadership, but the resulting bill was stalled in the state Senate Wednesday, February 28.

"Last night, the employees [of Greenbrier County schools] are still wanting to wait and see the decision of the Senate today," said Greenbrier County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Bryant. "[We had a] very open, civil, and respectful conversation with our teacher organization representatives, [and] their perspective was waiting on what the Senate was going to do. ... The decision by the Senate today is very important. Greenbrier County schools want to support all of our employees, regardless as to what their stance on this issue is, and we wanted to be respectful to everyone ... so that when we return to work, there won't be any animosity and we can keep moving forward."

Read more in the Thursday, March 1, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.


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