CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The head of West Virginia’s school system is turning down a raise after criticism from the state Senate president.
West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine announced Thursday that he would not accept any increase to his current $230,000 salary until other education issues are addressed.READ MORE: Two Of The Three Victims Killed In The Biomat USA Plasma Center Car Crash Were Employees
Republican Senate President Mitch Carmichael issued a statement earlier Thursday slamming the $4,100 raise as “unwarranted and unnecessary.”READ MORE: Sunday's Severe Storms Leave Thousands Without Power And Cleaning Up
The state Board of Education has already approved the salary increase.
Paine says he appreciated the board’s decision but said that the raise has become a distraction for students. He said the school system must first address a shortage of teachers and other problems before he would be willing to accept a raise.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Police Searching For Missing 74-Year-Old Woman Janet McGregor
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