W.Va. state school leader right to say no to raise
Members of the West Virginia Board of Education who voted to give state school Superintendent Steven Paine a pay raise may have good intentions — but they were not using their heads.
Fortunately, Paine recognized that and said he will not take the $4,170 salary boost board members authorized last week. He will not consider a raise until other pressing issues in Mountain State schools are addressed, Paine explained.
Well, good. As state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, pointed out, Paine isn’t feeling the same financial pinches that affect most public school teachers. The state superintendent already makes $230,000 a year.
Giving Paine a raise when so much needs to be done to make public schools better would have sent a terrible message. Good for Paine — who, by the way, was not aware board members were planning the move — for recognizing that.
As Carmichael noted, board members put Paine in “an awkward position.” Until some of the serious concerns facing schools in the Mountain State are addressed, it should not do so again.