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Williamson Shriver Architects

The Thrasher Group

McKinley Architects & Engineers

February 10, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 2

A proposal from Ohio Gov. John Kasich would add three non-voting members to every local school board to keep them apprised of the needs of the business community. The idea is one of several proposed by the Kasich administration in its 2017-2018 budget to bolster work training programs and Ohio's workforce. (, Feb. 2).

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”  -  Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill(1874 –1965). British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill, also an army officer, a non-academic historian, artist and winner of the 1935 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is the first   of only eight people to be made an honorary citizen of the United States. 

“We have got to return education back as much as we possibly can to a local level.” – Gov. Jim Justice

“Maybe it’s a twist of words on revenue producers, but if we could create an education mecca in West Virginia, honest to Pete, people would come and you couldn’t beat them away. It would be a revenue producer.” – Gov. Jim Justice

“I’ve certainly been an advocate for trying to provide more competitive pay for our educators.” – House Education Chairman Paul Espinosa

“Everyone can trim the belt. I know that our educators are strapped right now. They’re already wearing two or three hats.” – Senate Education Chairman Kenny Mann

“What I believe is we can get through this first year, and we can do the things that he says we need to do to really start West Virginia moving forward…. Then if he’s willing to do 2 percent now, when we get this thing rolling, then I believe the salary increases are going to be there.” – Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, on the governor’s proposal to give teachers a 2 percent raise this year.

“We have to look at where are the positions that could be streamlined so that we can push that money down to the classrooms.” – Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia