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The West Virginia School Board Association and Board of Education were warned at Wednesday’s state school board meeting of looming financial challenges facing schools.

According to a report from the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Federal Programs, 31% of $414 million in temporary federal COVID-19 relief money spent by county school districts through June 2022 was used to fund 1,723 full-time staff positions either in part or entirely.

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Josh Ewers is a reporter and can be reached at 304-348-1723 or email

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