Jim Withrow is an attorney for the school board and a member of the library's board of directors (he excuses himself from lawsuit-related decisions).
"Our beef has never been with the library," Withrow said in a phone interview Tuesday.
"It seems to me that this would be a great opportunity among folks who use libraries to actually get a more comprehensive fix and get a more stable, secure funding source through the state. That's my own personal opinion."
There's still a chance the Kanawha County school board could decide to continue funding Kanawha County libraries - the court ruled that the school board can't be forced to help fund the library, but it could still choose to do so of its own accord.
It's not a novel idea: Of West Virginia's 97 public library systems, 81 receive some funding from their local department of education. And since only nine counties are subject to the law funneling library funding through school boards, the vast majority of that funding is offered up voluntarily.
Funding levels in those counties are notably lower than in counties where the law applies, though, and Pete Thaw, president of the Kanawha County school board, said it's worth noting all the effort the school board has put in -- two lawsuits over ten years -- to extract itself from such an arrangement with the library.
"We spent all this time and all this money on this case, to try to rectify this and keep the money for education," Thaw said. "If we keep it this is going to be a wonderful source of funds for us."
Among other things, it could help the county avoid a $4.5 million budget shortfall it's projected to have at the start of the next fiscal year.
Board members will discuss their position at their next meeting in March. Any decision will be brought to the school board for a vote.