The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 7, 2013

Fayette County school levy to be decided Saturday

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FAYETTEVILLE —

 

6.    Why should all parents pay for “Universal Feeding,” free breakfast and lunch for all students?

“Presently, 10 schools in Fayette County meet the guidelines established for the Community Eligibility Option (CEO) program. The CEO program is a national program that permits schools to provide free meal service to all students at no charge, regardless of economic status. While this program is only available in seven states at the present time, by 2014-2015 it will be available to all states. (Should it pass, the proposed excess school levy will go into effect with the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.) While the provision of free meals to all students requires funding support, the proposed excess school levy would allow Fayette County Schools to participate in this nationally-supported program for 100 percent of its students and schools.”

 

7.    Explain how the nearly $1 million in “21st Century Technical Curriculum Support” will be used.

“Funding for technical curriculum support is used to provide students access to modern technology to support their learning, to provide support to students who need targeted assistance with their learning and to provide support to teachers and students to ensure technical equipment functions properly.”

There were a few questions Starcher did not answer, citing a concern that the answers “would be viewed as persuasive.” She said the school system is not officially permitted to persuade citizens to vote for or against the levy.

These questions asked what measures the board would take to ensure that funding secured through the levy, if it passes, would be administered properly and why should parents whose trust of the school system is broken be willing to support this levy.

—E-mail: cmoore@register-herald.com

 

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