A list of food and child care resources can be found by using this link https://www.berkeleycountyschools.org/foodandchildcare, or by visiting our website, www.berkeleycountyschools.org/compensationresolution.
School activities, practices, and community events held after 4pm will continue. Please contact your principal, coach, or activity sponsor with any questions you may have regarding such activity.
Additional instructional resources have been added to our website to engage your student during their time out of the classroom. Go to www.berkeleycountyschools.org, and look for the Digital Resources button in the center of the page.
Free lunches will be offered as previously announced at these locations from noon until 1 pm: Bedington Elem., Burke Street, Hedgesville Elem., Inwood Primary School, Tuscarora Elem., Winchester Ave., and North Middle School. Students/siblings receiving these meals must eat them on location. Berkeley County Schools is an equal opportunity provider.
Message from the Governor 2/28
To All State Employees:The Compensation Package that I have put forth will move the state significantly forward with hope for more in the years to come.Dale Lee and David Haney at the WVEA, Christine Campbell and Bob Brown from the AFT and Joe White, from the School Service Personnel, and myself worked diligently to pull off an incredible package for the state workers of West Virginia. This happened as a result of many of the things I heard from the people that came out to the Town Hall meetings on Monday.But most of all a little boy that had a lot of wisdom, named Gideon. Gideon reinforced a philosophy of treating education as an investment and as an economic driver. This is the way we ought to look at education. I’ve said this many, many times that we all need to look at education this way.Input has also been provided from many good legislators. Our Legislature has worked very hard as well to help us achieve goodness for education and all of our state workers. Again, it was my promise to the union representatives that in the years to come we will continue to revisit pay raises.I have issued an Executive Order today creating a special Task Force, that will include Educators and nothing but West Virginians. That Task Force is being formed right now and will be appointed by the end of the week to address and explore all avenues that will lead to a permanent fix for PEIA. It is important that everyone understand that identifying all of the issues in our healthcare program and finding a solution takes time. A cure won’t come in 30 minutes, but I can promise you this Task Force will begin its work immediately.While I have placed a moratorium on PEIA for 16 months, finding a solution to this problem needs to be accomplished in a much, much shorter period of time.There are several possibilities that will be looked at for the revenue we need to solve the PEIA issues once and for all. The possibilities of additional severance taxes on oil and gas, gaming revenue from sports betting, tax dollars being generated from our roads projects, continuing growth in our economy and the possibility of putting the insurance out for competitive bids are just a few; everything is going to be looked at.I’ve believed from day one that education should be our centerpiece, and I continue to follow that same philosophy today.Jim JusticeGovernor of West VirginiaView the original letter and executive order here: https://governor.wv.gov/News/press-releases/2018/Pages/Governor-Justice-Issues-Letter-to-All-State-Employees.aspx
Update from the Superintendent 2/24/18
Message from the Superintendent:
To our students and families,
Early Friday, Berkeley County Schools announced that our schools would open on Monday, February 26. This decision was made following conversation and with agreement of local representatives of employee associations. Friday, February 23, at 4:30 pm, state union leaders announced the work stoppage would continue through Monday, February 26. This announcement came as a surprise to many.
After gathering information from various sources locally and statewide, Berkeley County Schools will remain closed on Monday due to the statewide work stoppage. The status of Tuesday is unknown at this time. An update will be provided as quickly as it is known.
Your continued support is valued and appreciated.
Update from the Superintendent 2/21/18
Berkeley County Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday, February 22nd and 23rd, due to the statewide work stoppage organized by state leaders of employee organizations. All activities and events, are cancelled.
*The Berkeley County Social Studies Fair and setup will be held as scheduled on Saturday, February 24th at Spring Mills High School.
Update from the Superintendent 2/19/18
Negotiations among our Legislature, Governor, and the state leadership of employee organizations have continued throughout today. It is anticipated that these negotiations could continue for several days.The decision to hold classes on Thursday and Friday in Berkeley County will be made on Wednesday after 3 pm. We remain hopeful that an agreement will be reached that will prevent the work stoppage announced for Thursday and Friday, February 22nd and 23rd, by the state leadership of employee organizations. However, it is important that you begin to make preparations for your family in case an agreement is not reached.Berkeley County Schools values the support of our families, community, and our staff. The Board of Education members and Berkeley County Schools administration are working to minimize the disruption to our schools and community that a work stoppage could create. Be assured that the education of our students is our priority.We will continue to provide timely updates to you.
Important Information Regarding February 22 - 23, 2018
On February 17, state leaders of employee organizations in Charleston announced a statewide work stoppage for professional and service personnel for Thursday and Friday, February 22nd and 23rd. At this time, Berkeley County Schools is still evaluating this announcement made by the representatives of these employee organizations. It is our hope that the WV Legislature will address the critical needs of our employees so we can avoid a work stoppage.
The decision to hold classes on Thursday and Friday will be made on Wednesday after 3 pm. There are many factors to be considered in making this decision, especially the reaction by employee organizations to Legislative actions regarding compensation and benefits that may occur over the next three days.
Berkeley County Schools values the support of our families, community, and our staff. The Board of Education members and Berkeley County Schools administration are working to minimize the disruption to our schools and community that a work stoppage could create. Be assured that the education of our students is our priority.
Teacher Compensation Resolution
The Berkeley County Board of Education unanimously passed the Teacher Compensation Resolution at their Board meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018. Please take a moment and read the resolution and contact the members of the Senate and House Education Committees, and our local delegation, to let them know you support our Berkeley County educators and staff. On behalf of our Board, our professional and service personnel, and our students, we sincerely thank you for your time and attention to this important matter.
Read: Teacher Compensation Resolution
THE BERKELEY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
RESOLUTION No. 2017-2018-01
WHEREAS, the Berkeley County Board of Education values its teachers and believes they are deserving of competitive compensation; and
WHEREAS, the ability to offer competitive compensation is an integral component of recruiting and retaining highly effective teachers; and
WHEREAS, the basis for teacher salaries in West Virginia is a salary schedule that is set by the State; and
WHEREAS, the average teacher salary in West Virginia ranks 48th in the United States, ahead of only Mississippi and Oklahoma; and
WHEREAS, the Governor of West Virginia is proposing a one percent increase in the teacher salary schedule; and
WHEREAS, the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) is implementing a premium increase of one-half percent and other changes in benefits that will increase health insurance costs for all covered employees; and
WHEREAS, as a result of higher PEIA health insurance costs, the proposed one percent increase in the teacher salary schedule will not improve compensation for most teachers; and
WHEREAS, it takes a teacher with a bachelor’s degree 13 years to earn a salary of $40,000.00, excluding local pay supplements; and
WHEREAS, West Virginia teacher salary levels are currently lower than all of its neighboring states, including Maryland, which ranks eighth in the nation, Virginia, which ranks 10th and Pennsylvania, which ranks 12th; and
WHEREAS, the current state of teacher compensation in West Virginia undervalues teachers, causing many to leave Berkeley County Schools to pursue teaching opportunities in another state educating the children of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania; and
WHEREAS, the current state of teacher compensation in West Virginia has made it extremely difficult for school boards to recruit and retain highly effective teachers and to offer employment packages that are competitive with these neighboring states; and
WHEREAS, the Berkeley County Board of Education acknowledges recently proposed Senate Bill 453, which would amend the aggregate PEIA premium cost-sharing percentages between the employer and employees to a level of 85 percent for the employers and 15 percent for the employee, reducing employee premium contributions by five percent, and encourages the West Virginia Legislature to approve Senate Bill 453; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Berkeley County Board of Education respectfully requests that the West Virginia Legislature improve teacher compensation to make West Virginia a more attractive state for the nation’s best teachers to live and work by providing sufficient salary increases during the 2018 regular session to raise teacher pay so that West Virginia no longer ranks 48th in the nation, to approve Senate Bill 453 and to take all other action necessary to remedy the longstanding, statewide problem of stagnant teacher pay, recruitment and retention.