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In Greenbrier County, strike could affect Justice’s education record


Lisa Bibb; Sandra Beale (WVEA-Greenbrier County); Jeff Campbell; Brad Ball


FAIRLEA — Last Monday, Greenbrier East High, like all West Virginia public schools, was closed. Some of its employees were in front of a strip mall about 21/2 miles away, demonstrating as part of a public school workers strike that’s still ongoing.

Two unoccupied vehicles sat next to the locked main entrance of the high school, near the only defining feature of the front of the brick building: the statue of a Spartan warrior. A plaque on the statue reads: “Spartan Donated By Jim Justice Family, Greenbrier East Alumni Reunion 2006, Greenbrier County Board of Education.”

Gov. Jim Justice’s connection to the school has been reiterated a couple times this past week. On Monday, while school employees were protesting in Greenbrier County in Southern West Virginia, Justice was in the northern part of the state being lambasted by school workers at the town halls he had abruptly announced at 7:40 the night before.