CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the Monongalia County Board of Education is thanking voters of Saturday’s special election for approving the school system’s excess levy.
“I want to say the biggest thank you to them, the biggest thank you to our committee and the biggest thank you to everyone that works with us in special education,” Nancy Walker told MetroNews affiliate WAJR-AM on Monday. “It’s the best thing ever that could have happened for our students.”
The levy has been in place since the late 1970s and provides the district with funding for daily operations, essential technology and employees, and programs aimed at improving academic achievement. Academic efforts are influenced by student assessments, input from local businesses and emerging industries.
“You try to tailor a program to every students’ individual strengths and work on the weaknesses,” Walker explained. “That is exactly what the excess levy lets us do. It lets us be able to have a wide variety of offerings.”
Walker also noted the school system will use levy funds for instructional aid and staff dedicated to addressing needs.
“We have interventionists and other staff that are able to work with small groups, core groups of children that might need extra support,” she said.
The levy will be in place through 2026 following the vote.