West Virginia public schools face $16m cut in state aid

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – An education official says West Virginia’s public schools face an estimated $16 million cut in state aid under the governor’s spending reductions.
    
Department of Education chief operations officer Joe Panetta said the level of cuts won’t be finalized until Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issues an executive order this week.
    
Tomblin ordered a 1 percent reduction in state public school aid last week, along with an across-the-board 4 percent spending cut for state agencies. Tomblin said the cuts are necessary because of unexpected and unprecedented drops in severance tax revenues.
    
Calhoun County’s school system is expected to lose $73,000 in state aid. The county has been working to reduce a deficit. Schools superintendent Tim Woodward says cutting another $73,000 out of the budget won’t be easy.
 

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