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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVVA)- Teachers' unions are criticizing the West Virginia Board of Education's decision to create a new staff position that will assist board members.

Donna Perduto was hired as the boards new director of operations on Wednesday. Perduto will earn $104,000 a year.

American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia president Judy Hale cited an audit released last year that found the state education system was heavy with state-level staffers.

Hale says the new position adds to this bureaucracy.

Board president Wade Linger says board members are basically part-time volunteers who've never had a support staff other than a secretary.

Perduto is a former Department of Education administrator who was contracted by the board last August to help draft a response to the audit.

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