CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Board of Education is taking advantage of a new law and have adopted a new meeting pay rate for board members.

The board voted Thursday evening to raise pay from the current $160 per meeting to a maximum of $260 per meeting. The legislature passed the bill in the regular legislative session earlier this year.

The law requires approval by school board members before the increase takes effect. The Kanawha County BOE chose the maximum rate.

The new law limits the pay for 40 meetings a year. The old rate allowed for 50 meetings a year.

Kanawha County School Superintendent Tom Williams said an Ethics Commission ruling prohibits current school board members whose terms don’t end on June 30 from voting. Board members Tracy White and Becky Jordan did not vote. The other three board members, Ric Cavender, Kate White and Jim Crawford, who will begin new terms on July 1 so they were allowed to vote.

The school board also took other action during its Thursday evening meeting including:

–voted to use state and federal funds totaling nearly $700,000 to purchase 430 MacBook Aircases, accessories and 1,900 Apple TVs

–voted to spend $347,000 for 82 new UHF school bus radios

–a 4-1 vote to approve the naming of the Press Box at Sissonville High School as the Jerry Throckmorton Press Box

–a 5-0 vote to convey the property known as the William J. Raglin Community Education Center to the Institute/West Dunbar/Pinewood Sub-Area Planning Committee, Inc.

Leave a Reply