"And from my early existence it's felt like we were heading down the road of a Hatfield and McCoy relationship," she said. "I'm glad we can get past that."
But even board members most vocal in their support of the library system acknowledged that the school system is facing financial difficulties of its own -- a projected $4.5 million deficit in 2014.
That deficit is partly the result of a five-year cap on the amount of money the school system can receive from an excess levy that takes effect in 2014. Board members voted unanimously to take such a levy to the voters in an effort to offer the public some tax relief, expecting the revenue stream to remain relatively steady despite the cap.
New projections that account for unexpected losses in federal funding show this isn't the case: the board is expecting a nearly $5 million budget shortfall on the first day the cap takes effect.
Most board members -- but not board President Pete Thaw, who initially proposed the cap -- have said they regret their vote to cap the levy. They have yet to take action on the issue
"You have your concerns about being able to lay your hands on funds in the long-term to support the library," board member Bill Raglin told Albert. "I submit to you that we're going to have the same problem here in a couple years ... If we keep the levy capped and don't keep the money we were going to give the library we're going to see some draconian cuts in Kanawha County schools."
The board expects to take up the matter again at its next regular meeting. Library and school board officials will be in talks in the meantime; Albert and Duerring are meeting this week.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.