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March 21, 2014

By Dave Boucher, Capitol Bureau Chief
Charleston Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut nearly $67 million from the 2015 budget before signing the measure into law Thursday.

While Tomblin and other state leaders celebrated a bill later in the day that includes a potential tax credit for The Greenbrier with cake, a National Football League coach and a trumpeter, the governor's calls for fiscal responsibility fell on deaf ears for those affected by the...

March 21, 2014

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

Legislation creating the West Virginia Future Fund, a type of endowment fund for the years ahead drawing from a portion of present-day severance tax collections, will become law in June.

State officials said it could be 2019, though, before the first deposits are made into that account.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed SB 461 into law on Thursday at the State Capitol.

For several years, Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall...

March 21, 2014

By Elaine Blaisdell 
Cumberland Times-News 
 

KEYSER, W.Va. — No comments were made Tuesday during a Mineral County Board of Education public hearing on the superintendent’s proposals for the 2014-2015 school calendar.

There are two sample calendars — one with students returning to school Aug. 7 and a projected finish date of May 20, 2015. The other sample has students returning to school Aug. 14 and a projected finish date of May 27, 2015. Neither sample has been...

March 24, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's expansion of preschool means that more small children will have to board regular school buses without seat belts, and ride alongside middle- and high-school students.

Beginning next month in Kanawha County, the state's largest school district, students enrolled in Head Start programs -- some as young as 4 years old -- will, for the first time, board regular school buses.

In the past,...

March 25, 2014

By Chelsi Baker 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT -- The Marion County Board of Education held a special meeting at Fairview Middle School Monday to discuss the possibility of moving fourth-graders from Fairview Elementary to the middle school, and also moving the preschool class from Fairview Middle School to the elementary school. The move would create a more fluid transition from pre-K to elementary school and from fourth grade to the middle school, said Superintendent Gary...

March 26, 2014

By Michael Erb 
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday evening announced four finalists for the Wood County Schools superintendent position.

Board President Tim Yeater announced Ronald B. Cantley II, John Flint, Thomas Graves and Kenneth Moles would move on in the process to replace retiring Superintendent Pat Law, whose contract ends in June.

The school board met in executive session around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday,...

March 27, 2014

By Katie Kuba, Upshur Bureau Chief 
The Inter-Mountain 
 

BUCKHANNON - Upshur County Board of Education members and school system administrators continued to answer citizens' questions about the proposed sample calendars for the 2014-2015 school year - while also raising some questions of their own - during a public hearing Tuesday.

The calendars - which are posted on the school system's website, www.upshurcountyschools....

March 27, 2014

By Herb Scribner 

Teachers educate the country, aiding all ages in the search for education. But as far as salaries and pay goes, some say teachers aren't receiving any help back. That's something that should be changed, according to the Washington Post's recent article "Why teachers' salaries should be doubled - now" by Valerie Strauss.

Most teachers - about 92 percent - are paying for school supplies out of their own pocket, and more than 60 percent are working second jobs,...

March 28, 2014

LACIE PIERSON

CRUM -- The results of Crum Elementary School's WESTEST 2 efforts for the 2012-13 school year have been invalidated following a state investigation into questionable erasure marks on some tests.

Wayne County Schools officials are working to move forward after completing their own investigation into the matter, which deals specifically with one section of the test completed by fifth-grade students, said Superintendent Lynn Hurt.

The school system was...

March 28, 2014

By Brandi Underwood, Register-Herald Reporter   

The Fayette County Board of Education submitted its 2014-2015 school calendar to the West Virginia Board of Education this week, and while preliminary approval has been granted, the calendar is still awaiting a final vote from the state board.

A total of 701 Fayette County school personnel submitted their votes for either “Calendar A” or “Calendar B” during March 11-21. Final tallies revealed “Calendar A” to have squeaked ahead...

March 31, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Twelve West Virginia teachers were honored Monday with Arch Coal's annual Teacher Achievement Awards.

The Arch Coal Foundation, with support from the West Virginia Education Association, the West Virginia Library Commission and the state Department of Education, sponsors the awards annually.

Each recipient receives a $3,500 cash award from the Arch Coal Foundation, and each recipient's public school receives a $1,000 grant for use with at-risk students from...

March 31, 2014

By Kate White 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The agency that administers state employees' retirement plans has been short-changing veterans by using a too narrow definition for what constitutes military service, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

Five men filed suit after the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board denied them credit for years they had served in the military.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib reversed the board's...

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