Barbour County officials propose levy to benefit county schools

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According to school administrators, Barbour County is one of few throughout the state without a school excess levy.  

The Barbour County Board of Education has decided to again propose an excess levy to be voted on by the public in November.  The levy proposed would provide funding for instructional materials, support county arts and music programs, travel funds, and more.

Superintendent Jeff Woofter said he’s hopeful the students will benefit the most from additional funds.

“We’re 54 out of 55 counties in spending per pupil. It’s all student-focused; it’s about improving our instruction and safety.  So, we feel that it has a much better shot.”

County officials say the levy will provide more than $300,000 annually over the course of three years.  

Funds will be divided between 5 initiatives: $90,000 to provide security and equipment for student and faculty safety, $128,000 to provide instructional materials for students, classrooms, libraries, and teachers, $35,000 to provide support for music and arts education, $40,000 to provide funds for educational travel, $37,574 to support vocational programs at Philip Barbour High School.

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