Kanawha County Schools currently gives the library about 1.25 percent of its annual budget -- or $3 million, which makes up about 40 percent of the library's entire budget. It will continue to fund the library at that level through June 30.
Engelbert said he's pleased with the school board's decision, which isn't $3 million but is "far better" than what could have been.
"It's obviously down from the $3 million we would have [received] under the special act but it's far better than when they started, which was nowhere," Engelbert said after the meeting Thursday night.
He also said the board gave the library a "good challenge" to secure funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014.
"The funding for 2014 to 2015 is still ongoing," he said. "We'll need to have an excess levy election."
Duerring said the excess levy is a way "to support the library down the road and take the burden off the general school budget."
"We are putting ourselves at some risk because we're taking money from our permanent improvement fund, but it's needed," board member Robin Rector said.
Staff writer Travis Crum contributed to this report.
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