That's because, Thaw said, state officials disagree with Kanawha County's cap on its excess levy, an additional property tax that provides millions in funding for the school system.
Kanawha is the only county in the state with a cap on its excess levy, which prevents the board from spending more than $44 million of taxpayers' dollars each year.
"They don't like the fact we have a cap on our levy. They've said some derogatory things about it. But that cap is a godsend for the taxpayers. The county has zero bond indebtedness, and that's a wonderful place to be," Thaw said.
Parents who showed up at George Washington High School's Local School Improvement Council meeting Thursday evening to address the overcrowding issue seemed skeptical about the board's plans for an expansion of the middle school.
"Most of the parents are skeptical because it sounds too good to be true, and I wish I could assure the families that we are not going to do anything without them knowing about it first. They think we're going to sneak up in the night and tack a sign up that says, 'redistricted.' We're not doing anything without them," Thaw said.
Thaw said that while nothing is set in stone yet, the board has made the issue a top priority.
"This is not urgent. It's not imminent. If we add on to John Adams, it's going to take some time because the work would be considerable," he said. "People want a timeline, but the bottom line is we don't have one. However, the board is going at this in a very deliberate manner."
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