"This changes the whole picture," said Pete Thaw, president of the school board. "No longer does the library board have a parasitic relationship with us."
That $3 million "will now be going back into the classrooms and into education - not to pay salaries at the library. They've been doing this to us for 56 years, and it's finally over."
But easing the Board of Education's problem puts the library in a very difficult position.
"Obviously, if you lose 40 percent of your funding when you're running an institution that's as widespread and significant as the library, it's going to have an impact," said Mike Albert, president of the library's board of directors.
It's really unfortunate that Thaw put the situation in harsh terms, because it needlessly complicates a situation that is simply a matter of mathematical fairness, not of good guys and bad guys.
There are no bad guys here.
Library board members are supposed to fight for the library. School board members are supposed to fight for schools.
Members of the library board should discuss the situation with the Kanawha County delegation to the Legislature. Members of the school board should help.