“I cannot think of any profession more deserving of a pay raise than the teachers and service personnel of the West Virginia school system,” said Board President Barbara Fish. “Each day we entrust our most precious possessions – our children – to these dedicated individuals and a pay raise is a small way to say thank you.”
Board members cited teacher quality as the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, and recognized teachers as one of the most important factors to a student’s learning and the fundamental resource of public education.
Board members acknowledged that West Virginia’s 20,000 classroom teachers play a vital and significant role in the education of West Virginia’s 276 thousand students. Board members also acknowledged the critical contributions to the learning environment made by the 13,000 service personnel of the West Virginia school system.