Earlier this month, members of the Kanawha County Board of Education reviewed Superintendent Ron Duerring's performance and approved a $7,500 raise that brings his salary to $157,500 a year.
At the most recent meeting, board member Becky Jordon raised the issue of whether Kanawha County pays principals enough. She said this school system ranks 25th among the state's 55 systems on that score.
Knowledge that this discussion would take place brought teachers' union representatives out of the woodwork.
Fred Albert, president of the Kanawha County unit of the American Federation of Teachers, said the average teacher salary in Kanawha County is only the 10th best in the state.
President Dinah Adkins of the Kanawha County branch of the West Virginia Education Association, said the board should consider teacher pay before administrator pay.
Much more of this and the board is going to hear from Kanawha County taxpayers, too.
Some members of the board have complained that the budget is too tight and the excess levy should be raised. A November vote has been discussed.
Certainly, nothing raises voter interest in school excess levies quite like a chorus of demands for higher salaries.
The public will look forward to receiving detailed financial information and cost estimates.