Monongalia County Commission Backs School Levy

By Kathryn Ghion, General Assignment Reporter

Monongalia County Commission is backing the county’s school levy that’s on the ballot this Fall.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Devono attended Wednesday’s meeting to ask for support.

While Commissioners were unanimous in their decision, they are recommending that the Board of Education look into using excess levy funding to help teachers and school personnel pay this year’s 12% increase in Public Employees Insurance Agency premiums.

According to Commissioner Tom Bloom, the levy will produce over $28 million for the schools, because there is no cap, and any excess money has not been given a specific use as of yet.

“In this way we keep and retain our teachers,” Bloom said. “We send a message with our local funds that we make education a priority and at the same time it attracts new teachers.”

Dr. Devono said the Board of Education is looking into using the money to fund the PEIA and several other options to help school personnel.