Logan County residents voted to pass a historical levy this past Saturday that authorizes the Logan County Board of Education to expend $44,565,650 for the five-year levy term.
This levy has been in effect since 1947 and was last passed in 2015, which designated $2,000,000 to county fire departments and the Logan County Emergency Ambulance Service Authority.
The annual amount to be expended is $8,913,130 which is allocated to the following:
- Safety and Security Improvements ($500,000)
- Funds for intruder locksets for classrooms and door repair, camera upgrades and visitor/access control, base radio project for emergency communications, panic alert system for teachers, door contact alarms and resource oficers/security officers.
- Technology, Textbooks, Instructional Supplies and equipment, contractual services and travel ($600,000):
- Funds for equipment, supplies, wiring, contractual services to provide technology to the classrooms, textbooks, academic travel, school library, health supplies, contracted services, printing and copying.
- School Allocation and Student Insurance ($270,000):
- Funds for athletic and academic trips, band and choral activities and student insurance.
- Construction, Repair and Maintenance ($555,781):
- Funds for building repairs, construction, utilities, renovations, roof replacement, asbestos abatement projects, structural repairs, ADA compliance, paving and bus maintenance.
- Community Service ($215,000):
- Funds for Logan County Health Department and West Virginia Cooeprative extension service – 4-H Club.
- Professional Salaries ($2,875,000):
- Funds for professional salaries or personnel in excess of 200 days, salaries in excess of funding limits, supplemental salaries and coaches salaries.
- Service Personnel Salaries ($1,800,000):
- Funds for salaries in excess of state funding limits, salary supplements, salaries in excess of 200 days and temporary part-time salaries.
- Substitute Cost ($408,596):
- Funds for professional and service personnel substitute costs over state funding limits.
- Personnel Taxes and Benefits ($1,688,752)
- Funds for optical and dental insurance, unemployment insurance, social security, health insurance, retirement, worker’s compensation in excess of state funding limits.
Logan County School Superintendent, Patricia Lucas said, “Logan County students will continue to benefit from the passing of the excess levy. I am very appreciative to the voters of logan county for their support of the excess levy. Our board of education was very firm in the decision to place safety and security improvements as the first priority.”