For the current fiscal year, that means the department employs 288 people at its Charleston location. Other employees, including those at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, are also considered department employees and are not reflected in that number.
There were 317 employees at the department's Charleston location in 2012 and 319 in 2011, Cordeiro said in the email.
The Schools for the Deaf and Blind will cut $1 million from their budgets, and that is reflected in the $9 million total, according to Marple's letter. The remaining funds will come from the elimination or reduction of a variety of programs.
The Innovation Zone and dropout solution/prevention programs would be eliminated, the letter states. Funding would be reduced for mentoring programs, alternative education programs and early retirement notification incentives, among other initiatives.
In an emailed statement, Phares said department officials still were looking at the budget.
"We are revisiting the budget and considering changes; however specific information will not be available until we meet with the (board) and receive input from all members," Phares said.
The board meets Wednesday. The department's budget is listed under the superintendent's report on the agenda for the meeting.
Nothing concerning the state budget is set in stone. Tomblin is expected to present his proposed state budget to the Legislature in early February.