On November 8, voters will once again have the opportunity to ensure necessary funding for Kanawha County Schools. The excess levy, which has been supported by Kanawha County citizens since 1937, is up for renewal. It is not a new tax or tax increase.

Without the levy, Kanawha County Schools will lose almost one-fourth of its current operating budget.

Funds from the renewed levy will be used for staff retention and school positions, safety and security, HVAC/roofing needs, and facility/extracurricular needs at the middle school and high school level. 

This excess levy renewal will fund initiatives beginning July 2024 – July 2029 (summary and numbers provided are for first year):

  • $37,785,048 for professional, service and substitute wages. The levy specifically funds custodians, counselors & art teachers in elementary schools that would not otherwise be funded.
  • $2,496,000 for additional staff including seven additional counselors, five additional nurses, fourteen additional special education staff, one additional legal/Title IX investigator and others.
  • $2,737,000 for safety & security improvements across the district including digital surveillance upgrades at all locations and realizing secure entrances at every school.
  • $11,157,089 for HVAC & roofing improvements at 10 schools with the greatest need.
  • $7,489,590 for facility & extracurricular needs across the county including tennis courts (with pickleball striping), baseball/softball fields, tracks, scoreboards, raises for coaches, and more.