(05/19/2014)
Calhoun's new Superintendent of Schools Tim Woodward will be meeting with the Calhoun Board of Education in June to look at budget cuts for the county school system.

Acting superintendent Dan Metz, who is leaving the position, told the Parkersburg News that "Everything will have to be on the table...Anything that is not mandated."

"We're disappointed, but this is where we are," Metz told the paper.

Calhoun voters last week defeated a special school levy that would have supported the public school system operations and services.

Voting against the levy 845, for the levy 727, the levy needing a simple majority to pass.

Metz told the newspaper that short and long range cuts will be considered, making some tough decisions, and whether the levy will be put back on the November ballot.

School board president Steve Whited, prior to the election, said without levy money, there will be continued budget cuts, possibly affecting extracurricular activities, staff supplements and facility usage.

If approved, the levy would have produced a little over $600,000 annually.

The county school systems financial crunch is mostly related to a declining school enrollment, said school board president Steve Whited.

The budget deficit is over $800,000.

Currently there are 11 Counties that do not have excess levies. Calhoun County is considered as having an excess levy, but this only encompasses the current library levy., which is a small amount.

If the levy had passed, it would have been the lowest of all school excess levies in WV.


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