Board of Education president Pete Thaw continued to stand strong behind the cap, saying the taxpayers would be "foolish" to vote for it to be removed.
"The administration and the board members, to my knowledge, are very interested in doing away with the cap. But, the people have to understand they've finally got control of their own fate. You've got control of your own levy," he said. "If you ever lose it, it's going to be tough to get it back."
Mike Kelley, principal at Herbert Hoover, spoke on behalf of several Kanawha County high school principals present at Monday's meeting.
"We're here because it's an issue that has the potential to have a deep impact on our kids. It's wise to take the approach you're taking and be proactive... but the loss of those things would be catastrophic to our children," Kelley told the board about the proposed budget cuts. "Dr. Duerring has never been a superintendent that has cried wolf over the budget. There are places where educators whose solution to every problem is more money. He has never been that type of educator. If the man tells you there is danger on the horizon and something needs to be done, it's wise to heed that warning."
Josh Hanson, head of PTO at Point Harmony Elementary, questioned whether the problem was the system as a whole and offered to do what he could as a parent to turn the budget around.
"If we have great teachers, great principals, great students, then what's the problem? It's got to be the system. The thing that concerns me most is that it seems like we're just trying to maintain where we're at -- we're only working to find $5 million to stay where we are," he said. "I don't understand the whole levy thing."
Board member Bill Raglin urged that the board work harder to define more clearly the possible cuts to the budget instead of the general, hypothetical scenarios.
"We talked at the time that we set the cap about some issues that might happen, and it appears some of them are going to happen. The public ought to know what the options are and what the results might be. We need to be very honest and upfront about it," he said. "There has to be a reason to why within the first year of setting a cap, we're going to be millions in the hole."
The board will meet again Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.
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