A court ruling connected to Calhoun School personnel could be precedent marker for other troubled school systems.

Calhoun schools, following the announcement the school system had a $1.8 million deficit in 2014, made significant changes in the central office to reportedly reduce the deficit.

School superintendent Tim Woodward says the deficit still is about $1.8 million.

Woodward said, "I have really never been given a time frame on deficit reduction. There are so many factors that play into that such as, tax revenue, student enrollment, status of the physical plant and issues that may arise, transportation cost, changes in the funding formula, future budget cuts, and many other matters that may arise."

"However, we have consistently kept the deficit from growing larger and have made small gains in reduction, Woodward said.

While a lawmaster ruled against at least three administrative employees seeking job reinstatement, those parties are appealing the decision in Kanawha circuit court.

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