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What's the Upshur County School Levy All About?
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 05, 2014 @ 6:12PM
Created on February 05, 2014 @ 1:57PM

On Saturday, the residents of Upshur County can hit the polls to cast their votes for or against a school levy, but what exactly is it all about?

This vote is to renew the levy, not create a new one. It would raise about $3.3 million annually starting July 1st, and end on July 1st, 2019. Even though some funding changes have been made to the levy, the tax rates will stay the same for people in the county.

This money makes up 9% of the school system's budget. $800,000 would go to instructional programs, supplies, and equipment each year. About $1 million would be put toward capital improvements and preventive maintenance.

$500,000 would pay the salaries of substitute teachers, $346,000 would go to extracurricular activities, and $200,000 would go to contracted services like crossing guards and PRO officers.

Those people ages 65 or older who use the homestead exemption would still get that waiver.

The biggest thing school officials are stressing is that this money would stay in Upshur County, and be put directly to use for the students there.

They also said the existing levy has allowed them to make great strides in improving school facilities, meeting and exceeding curriculum standards, and training staff better.

"We can get new technology for our students as we try to keep them up with and ahead of current technology. It supplies a lot of extra instructional materials and programs, equipment. We've also been able to have summer school at the high school, and this has also helped with our alternative education program," said Roy Wager, Upshur County superintendent.

Early voting for the levy is going on right now. The polls will be open on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

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Comments (6)
Feb 09, 2014 at 6:07 PM
Winner. Winner. Chicken dinner. Guess what? The kids won. I guess the caring people of Upshur county outweighed the miserable humans who tried to vote this down. And I meant Buckhannoneers not Buccaneers. Anyways great job CVS not selling tobacco any more. Maybe that's where the citizens will get their extra cash.
Feb 06, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Prime example of more money not equal to better educated students from 2nd commenter. Complaining about someone not going to vote for the levy. It's spelled Buccaneers and not Buckhannoneers!!! I went to school back when they 'taught' math, writing, spelling, science, history and reading instead of gay lifestyles, liberal opinions, and sports and "what" to think aka liberal propaganda. We're seeing the outcome in this generation of the dumbing down of our education in schools. Young folks today can't think critically, read, write or think for themselves. They cannot even explain 'why' they agree with something. They just go with the 'popular' thing. Govt officials keep promising better education...but it keeps getting worse. We don't believe it anymore. NO action: NO Levy!

Homeschooled children don't need BILLIONS of dollars and yet they score higher on all tests against public govt run schools. Geez; wonder why. Because parents focus on the students and the lessons NOT the $$$.
Feb 06, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Oh here we go again. Complaints from the money grabbers because they see that the unemployed, the part-time workers (due to Obama's policies not their choice), and the first time ever in their lives, welfare recipients cannot afford to keep paying more taxes when they are barely putting food on their tables for their own families.

And that isn't even the most important reason. Govt continues throwing more money every year on education; yet students still graduate without reading skills or spelling capabilities. They go to college and colleges must have 'special' classes for those who 'fell between the cracks' WHich is a govt term for "don't blame us." Excuses, excuses is all we hear. We now KNOW; More money does NOT equal better education. And Common Core is the best example yet of govt stupidity. NO LEVY. Terminate Common Core!
Feb 06, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Oh yeah 2nd commenter....only some folks in our city gamble or smoke or drink alcohol. Are you including yourself in that silly assessment? Comments that attack others for their opinions or how they choose to vote on an issue just proves one thing; that those who resort to the lowest level to opine about an issue keeps themselves at that level personally.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P.J. O'Rourke The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. – Mark Twain
Feb 06, 2014 at 3:52 AM
Oh here we go again. No levy that will be the same as it has been. BUT you Buckhannoneers will still go to one of the many hotspots and gamble. go buy tobacco products and your alcohol. The kids deserved a new middle school and you didn't give it to them 2 years ago and now you are saying to not vote on the levy? do you have any idea how much the schools need this in this county? But looking around the county at the kids....I can tell parents and the community just don't care.
Feb 05, 2014 at 4:13 PM
And 'why' should we believe them after all the lies told over past decade? Politicians have zero credibility left now. No one believes them now even if they tell the truth. That's how 'character' works in real life.

By the way...until Common Core is removed permanently from our schools; parents and voters are NOT passing another levy!!! It's how voters show our leaders that we aren't accepting the crap anymore. Common core is not teaching students 'how' to think; it's teaching them 'what' to think---propaganda!
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