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August 25, 2022

West Virginia Schools Rely on Voters to Approve Additional Funding. When Residents Vote Down a Levy, Students Suffer

Mountain State Spotlight, Beckley Register-Herald – Steve Wamsley’s Randolph County roots run deep. He’s been principal of Tygarts Valley Middle/High School, south of Elkins, for over a decade. Four generations of his family have attended school there. 

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The Tygarts Valley community is full of pride. The school’s hallways are decorated with splashes of red paint and murals of bulldogs, the school’s mascot. Pictures of almost every graduating class are on display in the cafeteria: The very first shows the Class of 1924, which included Wamsley’s grandmother. 

But it’s obvious that some facility upgrades are needed. Wamsley, his father and his children have all had P.E. class in the same gym, built in 1950. The basketball courts aren’t up to code: with out-of-bounds lines less than 

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