CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Letters to the editor have been written in support of a proposed school levy for Jefferson County Schools, and church groups and members of civic organizations have heard pitches about how important it is to the school system, Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols said.
School officials have emphasized how money from the levy makes up about 30 percent of the school system's budget and what a bind they would be in if voters don't renew it in the Nov. 7 general election.
"We don't have the money to take that kind of a hit," Nichols said. "I believe we've done our homework."
On election day, school officials are hoping that Jefferson County residents keep doing what they have done since 1946 and pass the levy that generates a little more than $15 million a year to help increase salaries for local teachers.
Salaries for Eastern Panhandle teachers is a big issue for local school systems because of the large number of teachers who leave local school systems for higher salaries in neighboring states.