If Raglin intends to use the levy to free up money for salaries, then his allegiance lies with the teachers and principals instead of the students and he should resign from the board.
The majority of the salaries of principals are more than the median salary of W.Va. workers. No subsidy is warranted.
Judging by the actions of the board it appears that the levy is not needed.
The board has found money for a special election, have money to raise salaries and hire unnecessary personnel and continue to give the superintendent high marks for keeping test scores low and not improving the dropout rate.
They also continue to extend the superintendent's contract without posting the job in search of a better candidate. Actions such as these show the levy is not needed.
As for libraries, years ago they were much needed. However, as technology has improved, that is no longer the case.
There comes a time when technology renders a service cost prohibitive. Sadly, that is the case for libraries.
All the information anyone needs is available online with a few keystrokes.
Library supporters will say "but everyone does not have internet access." That is not really a problem. All that is necessary is to make internet available is to make all middle and high schools a wi-fi hot spot.
With such a small percentage of the county using the service, the answer has to be no and the levy should be rejected.
Burns is a lifelong resident of Kanawha County.