WVa County Schools Gear Up For Lawsuit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Nearly half the county school boards in West Virginia have signed on to a planned lawsuit against the state over nonpension liabilities.

Charleston lawyer Howard Seufer, who's representing the school boards, says 24 of 55 have so far joined, and that number may grow by early next month.

Seufer says the lawsuit will likely be filed early in the fall.

At issue are accounting rules governing non-pension retirement benefits promised to workers. Governments must account for these benefits.

West Virginia requires county boards to pay annual contributions toward the unfunded portion of their liabilities, or else list them as current debts.

County school officials object to that requirement.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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