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On Tuesday, the Harrison County Board of Education held its annual meeting with state legislators to discuss progress within the county's school system and what improvements need to be made.

Speaker of the House Tim Miley, Delegate Richard Iaquinta, Senator Sam Cann, Delegate Danny Hamrick, and Delegate Ron Fragale all agreed that their Charleston counterparts have to prioritize education, specifically pay increases for faculty and expanding curriculum. Those educators in attendance said they couldn't agree more.

"We're looking at a problem with education. Not that throwing money at a problem is going to solve it, but if we can't keep teachers here, that is a problem for our own state. A student actually said it me yesterday, 'I think I'm going to drop out.' Naturally, I'm going to take the time to deal with that issue. And I need the time to deal with that issue. I'm not going to tell that student to sit back down,' said Greg Phillips, a teacher at Robert C. Byrd High School.

Also on Tuesday, PDC Mountaineer presented a six-figure check to the board of education as payment for a lease fee for drilling near RCB.

President Mike Queen said the school system has received more than $500,000 from the project.