Local teachers and school personnel react to Gov. Jim Justice's announcement

MONONGALIA COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) -- After Governor Jim Justice announced a three percent increase for all state employees, with an additional two percent for education workers, many teachers, and school personnel say it's a step forward.

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This announcement came after the Governor met with teacher and school personnel union leaders. Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teachers of West Virginia (ATF-WV) told MetroNews that "this is the beginning of better things to happen."

Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association also told the publication that this is a three-legged stool with the House and the Senate and they want to make sure everything progresses nicely.

5 News spoke to some teachers in our area that say that this is a step forward.

"It's a start but I really can't as a person who has seen what's going on in Charleston for this session, I really can't trust it until what happens," said Sam Brunett, president of the AFT-Monongalia County.

Meanwhile, according to some teachers and school personnel, it was never about the salaries but funding PEIA. One teacher from Monongalia County says she's excited to be back with her students on Thursday and that she's doing this for them, but like mentioned she hopes PEIA gets fixed.

"It was never about pay raise. This was about fixing PEIA for public educators and I feel like that has not been accomplished," said Heather DeLuca-Nestor.

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine issued the following statement:

"I am officially calling for Wednesday, February 28 to be a day of preparation for all public school systems in West Virginia. I am expecting all schools across the state to be open on Thursday, March 1 and have asked each county superintendent to direct employees to report at normal time on that date to resume the school year."