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Lower Numbers Hurting Schools

Declining enrollment forcing some difficult decisions on boards

August 26, 2013

WHEELING — Declining student enrollment in West Virginia’s public schools is forcing officials to make difficult decisions to keep districts out of financial ruin....

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Aug-27-13 11:34 AM


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Aug-26-13 9:14 PM

No Nick, funding is based on TAXPAYERS!!

Something you never seemed to understand!

And what about the THOUSANDS of pipeliner students??

Oh yeah that's right, THEIR parents don't pay one thin DIME to fund the schools they attend!!!

But yet like YOU Nick the school system is FULL of 6 figure salary dead weight that simply takes money away from educating the STUDENTS!!

You DO remember don't you Nick that's the REAL purpose of public schools!!

NOT to provide people like YOU with a lifetime 6 figure salary!!!

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Aug-26-13 7:52 PM

If you want to do something useful besides writing notes that cast doubt on your intelligence, read the book, "The Liberty Amendments" by Mark R. Kevin, then at the local and state level get involved in changing America. I guarantee the book is worth your time.

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Aug-26-13 2:33 PM

I just want to know what a picture of HENRY Kissinger is doing with this article?

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Aug-26-13 1:51 PM

It's amazing just how they create such important titles for these administrators "Vice, Assistant, Assistant to the assistant. Coach, + about 10 or more assistants.All it takes is a half way intelligent writer to justify this, Then the slotts & money keep pouring in.

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Aug-26-13 11:32 AM

centrist, So they eliminated an assistant superintendent? Woody Yoder is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, same as it was with a different title! Welcome to the show.....

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Aug-26-13 11:21 AM

No jobs equals no students. Higher taxes will equal fewer students. So what if an administrator has to do more for less. Who are you? Join the real world and stop whining about the type of government most schools promote. A government that ran all the jobs to third world slave camps.

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Aug-26-13 11:00 AM

Quite simply, change the formula that determines aid, combine school districts which will reduce the top heavy administrations and teaching staffs, and focus on education rather than social engineering.

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Aug-26-13 10:45 AM

Most of you are displaying your ignorance, as usual.

Do many of you seriously think that the schools in the Northern Panhandle have the same number of staff that they had 30 years ago? Or the same number of administrators? They do not, not anywhere close to the number they used to have. Even 15 years ago Marshall County had 2 assistant superintendents. Marshall County manages with just one now although the student body is not half of what it was 15 years ago.

My god, you people are so negative. You ***** about everything. If you live in the Wheeling area please move. If you already live somewhere else, spend your time trolling the message boards of that place. You are not wanted here.

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Aug-26-13 9:49 AM

If you think this area is not crime ridden then you must have been asleep for the past 5 years.

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Aug-26-13 9:21 AM

too much money being spent on administration.they all want new schools and new cars.less kids,less service persons and more systems are run like every other government agency.federal money ain't enough.state money ain't about some levy money too?we like free money.

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Aug-26-13 7:46 AM

Make some cuts at the administrative level, including the accomplishment-free RESAs.

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Aug-26-13 6:11 AM

Want some cheese with that wine?

Too many students? Bad.

Too few students? Bad.

Schools are always demanding more money "for the children." Well, teachers are the biggest expense in schools. If you have fewer students, you need fewer teachers. What is so hard about that? And what is this crap about cutting electives?

If your school has 400 students and 16 teachers, and next year you drop to 300 students, you should have 12 teachers. It is basic math and something that today's teachers and administrators apparently can't understand.

Or they go the alternative route and cut band, music, art, shop, sports, etc. These are the cuts that parents notice. They then use this to guilt the taxpayers into approving new levies.

Why did Cameron, a declining, rural, middle of nowhere district need a state of the art $33 million school building that was over time and over budget?

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Aug-26-13 2:21 AM

It is still better than living in an area of the country that has overpopulated schools that are crime ridden.

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