KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Kanawha County voters passed two levies that support the school and local libraries Tuesday.
The school excess levy was approved and 29 schools will see upgrades to roofing and HVAC systems.
The approval of the levy will give the Board of Education access to $64 million a year.
The school board president said while voters will pay more in property tax, the levy is necessary because their buildings are failing, causing classes to be canceled or dismissed early.
"It will make it so our students will continue to learn, they will get back in the classroom,” Ryan White, board president, said. “The fact that we've had students out of the classroom for a county of our size is unacceptable, it needs an education system we can trust. This is very big for our county."
White said the levy is for five years, so upgrades to all the HVAC and roofing systems won't be made in the first year, but they will start with the most needed first.
The Board of Education also hosted the library levy which passed as well. White said that levy was also important because it helps keep the libraries funded and the schools work with the libraries frequently.