January 25, 2022

West Virginia Supreme Court Decision: Kanawha County Public Library Will No Longer Receive Millions of Dollars in Funding From Board of Education

Here’s an update to an infoDOCKET post from Jan. 17, 2013 titled, “West Virginia Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Public Library Funding”.

From WCHS Radio:

The Kanawha County Board of Education no longer has to give a portion of its budget to the Kanawha County Public Library.

Kanawha County [Charleston, WV area] and eight other county schools systems have been required by law to give millions of dollars to public libraries for 56 years. Lawmakers passed the bill in 1957.

The state Supreme Court Friday ruled in favor of the BOE in a written order that came down Friday afternoon.

“We no longer have to pay the library board three million dollars a year,” said Kanawha County Board President Pete Thaw.


Library officials had warned that a ruling in favor of the school board could devastate the library’s programs and services in the county.

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See Also: Supreme Court upholds Kanawha library funding decision (via Chareleston Gazette)

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