Education

Brooke County announces work stoppage

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) - An impending work stoppage has school boards wondering what they're going to do.

In Brooke County the Board of Ed. held a special meeting to discuss what they're planning to do. 

The school board announced Tuesday they will be closing their doors in support of their teachers and service workers on Thursday and Friday; which will make it three days they've had to shut down.

On Saturday, the 17th, teachers across the state of West Virginia announced they will walk-out on those days if no deal is met regarding PEIA and a proposed raise.

Brooke County Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute says they came to this decision last Friday after the Board of Education realized they weren't going to have enough professionals or service personnel to operate the buildings or transport and educate their students. 

"When we close schools, we are making sure our children are safe at that point," said Paesano Shute.

She is in support of the teacher's decision to walk-out, but is hoping a resolution can be met before Brooke County has to lose more days of classes impacting the students.

The superintendent said no students will be docked for that time missed, "They will still be paid, however this work stoppage is going to cause us to add additional days to the end of the calendar."

Another impacted is athletics. The Southern States Athletic Conference announced they will not be canceling any sectional, regional or state events. With Brooke County having eight students heading to the West Virginia State Wrestling Tournament this weekend, the work stoppage leaves them without any bus transportation.

"We do not want to deny our students the opportunity of a lifetime," Paesano Shute said. "So, what we've made available are our county vehicles that our coach, and his assistant and our athletic director, or any administrator that wants to help will transport the students to Huntington."

Superintendent Paesano Shute believes the employees have been given an offer they can live with, but she's still unsure what will happen.

If a resolution is not met and the work stoppage is just Thursday and Friday, Brooke County will have a 2-hour-delay and have the regular staff report at their normal times to prepare for the students return.


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