"If all schools and all achievement were equal then we wouldn't be having this conversation," she said. "I would love to have the opportunity to send my children to a school down the street ... but that was too big a gamble for me to make."
At the other extreme are some board members, who think all students should have to attend the school nearest their home.
"I really think we don't have a need for this policy at all," board member Robin Rector said. "If people would just go to school where they live this would be a moot discussion."
"That might be something we talk about later," replied board member Becky Jordan.
Also at Monday's meeting, the school board approved a new, one-year contract for Kanawha County superintendent Ron Deurring. It includes a 5 percent raise, or a $7,500 bump on his $150,000 salary.
The board voted 3-to-2 for that pay raise, with Rector and board President Pete Thaw voting no. They cited financial strains in the county but noted their approval of Deurring's job performance.
Deurring's last contract, which expires this year, was for four years. Deurring requested a year-to-year contract moving forward.
Last May, Duerring was a candidate for a much higher paying job as the superintendent of Norfolk County, Va. schools. That position paid about $225,000 per year.
In the end, Norfolk school board members chose a candidate from Georgia to fill the position.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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