- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Board of Education says it will take over Boone County’s public school system later this month if the local school board does not approve a balanced budget.

Media outlets report the board made its decision Thursday.

The county board has refused the state schools superintendent’s orders to make severe employee pay and benefit cuts and submit a “fiscally sufficient” budget. The state board gave Boone County officials until Monday to avoid state intervention. If no balanced budget is passed, the board said it would take control of the county’s school system on July 18.

Boone County school officials have blamed their financial woes on a sudden, drastic decrease in property tax revenue from bankruptcies of major coal companies.

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