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Brooke County joins list of county school systems closing Friday due to work stoppage

Brooke County joins a growing list of counties that will be closed Friday due to a work stoppage. (WCHS/WVAH)

Brooke County in the northern part of West Virginia joins a growing list of counties that will be closed Friday for a work stoppage planned by school personnel.

Brooke County School Superintendent Toni Shute said Thursday that the county’s schools will be closed Friday because of the work stoppage and there will not be enough service personnel or professional staff on hand to have classes.

Mason, Cabell, Wayne and Lincoln counties also are closed on Friday.

A rally is planned by teachers from some of those counties at the Capitol at 11 a.m. Friday. Meanwhile, union representatives on the state level have called for a statewide rally at the Capitol on Saturday.

The teacher unions are protesting proposed pay raises that they say are too low and increased costs to their Public Employees Insurance Agency plans. The House of Delegates and Senate have each passed pay raise proposals that many teachers said are insufficient.

The AP contributed to this story

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