West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine said this week he would turn down a pay raise after the state Board of Education voted to increase his salary.
“I am deeply appreciative of the West Virginia Board of Education’s confidence in me and willingness to recognize the accomplishments we have realized over the past two years through hard work and the use of innovative strategies,” Paine said. “Unfortunately, the Board’s vote to provide me with a salary increase has become a distraction to the students of West Virginia and they deserve better.”
“At this time, I am not willing to accept a salary increase,” he continued. “Until we are able to address the lack of certified teachers in our classrooms and only as we are able to provide competitive benefits to our educators – inclusive of adequate pay and affordable healthcare – will I consider accepting a salary increase.”
Paine spent several years earlier in his career as an administrator in Upshur County.
“Our focus needs to be on the upcoming school year and working together to move public education forward,” he said. “I am more determined than ever to roll up my sleeves and work hard to provide every West Virginia student with the education they deserve.”