Vote for Wood school levy

The League of Women Voters of Wood County is endorsing passage of the excess Levy. The Wood County Board of Education has set the election on Saturday, Nov. 23rd with early voting from Nov. 9-20 at the Judge Black Annex downtown and at satellite sites at the city buildings in Vienna and Williamstown, and the volunteer fire departments in Lubeck and Mineral Wells.

The renewal is for five years and the levy rate will remain the same as that currently in effect. This levy is expected to raise nearly $17 million to provide for a long list of projects and services not covered by the state aid formula, including reading resource teachers. This is especially important in view of the fact that seven in 10 West Virginia students are not reading proficiently at the end of the third grade according to the findings of the WESTEST. This is no time to cut school funding for Wood County students.

Charmaine Dotson

Parkersburg

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dotson is president of the Wood County League of Women Voters.