MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Even if Berkeley County Schools superintendent Manny Arvon had enough highly qualified teachers in the growing school district's classrooms, he still would be faced with the challenge of financing the cost of transporting students to them.
Arvon said Wednesday that the state's reimbursement formula for transportation fails to factor in Berkeley County's enrollment growth and has forced the school board recently to find money on its own to pay for additional buses and maintenance. The alternative sources primarily are the county's excess levy, the "local (2 percent) share" of county property taxes and any money left over from the school district's budget from the previous year.
"Again, one size absolutely does not fit all," Arvon said.
Del. Walter Duke, R-Berkeley, said Wednesday that he and other members of a House Education subcommittee are expected to "report out" proposed legislation to the full committee for introduction in the House of Delegates this week that would tweak the school aid formula and help address the transportation shortfall.