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Brooke County Schools feeling a financial strain

Updated: Tuesday, April 15 2014, 05:39 PM EDT

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -- A lack of funding has Brooke County Schools feeling a financial strain.
The district is losing $321,000 because of an unexpected budget cut, which is affecting the entire school district. Student enrollment is declining and a lack of repair work on old buildings is raising safety concerns.
“Some of our buildings are extremely old,” said Rob Robinson, the school district's facilities supervisor. “We have some boiler concerns at one of our primary schools; we had to replace a facade this past summer at Wellsburg Middle School and the elevator at Follansbee Middle School.”
The budget was sliced in half after Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel shut down and enrollment dipped. That meat fewer taxpayers, something they depended on to keep them afloat.
Now that there's less money, the maintenance budget no longer exists.
“We want to maintain a very well-rounded environment for all of our students and our staff,” Robinson said. “We would like to keep the upgrades going if we were able to pursue our bond levy and do everything we wanted to we'd have three new buildings.”
Parents who are upset about the budget cut say when the district had money last year, it failed to repair important buildings.
“Well the repairs should come first,” parent Lisa Hamilton said. “I mean, I've noticed a lot of the money from the county goes to the high school and they’re letting a lot of stuff at the other schools go.”
In the meantime school officials said they hope their budget will increase once new businesses come to Brooke County.

Brooke County Schools feeling a financial strain

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