By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
PRINCETON, W.Va. — School systems in McDowell, Mercer and Monroe Counties will be closed today and Friday due to a statewide teacher and school personnel work stoppage.
Many of West Virginia’s teachers and other school employees are calling attention to their ongoing concerns about pay and insurance by not reporting for duty today and Friday. Mercer County School announced early Wednesday morning that classes would be closed both days.
“Based upon our survey of employees, we do not believe we can offer a quality instructional environment and will not be able to provide proper supervision on Thursday and Friday of this week,” Teresa Russell, data and information specialist for Mercer County Schools, said in statement issued to parents. “Therefore, all schools in Mercer County will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23.”
“This closure of schools will not result in loss of instructional time for our students,” Russell said. “We have converted May 31 and June 1 to instructional days.”
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