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July 15, 2016

State BOE approves Boone takeover if local board doesn't ac
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Thursday to take over Boone County’s public school system effective Monday, if the Boone school board doesn’t fix its 2016-17 fiscal year budget issues by the end of that day.

The seemingly final ultimatum to Boone comes after the county’s school board members, twice in the last two weeks, refused to follow...

July 15, 2016

State votes to take over in Boone
By Bill Frye, Register-Herald Reporter

After discussing budgetary issues swirling around Boone County Schools, the West Virginia State Board of Education voted Thursday to take over the school system.

After twice failing to submit a balanced budget to the state, State Superintendent Michael Martirano had warned Boone that it was at risk of a state takeover. Thursday’s 6-1 vote makes that a reality unless Boone can meet in...

July 18, 2016

WVEA President: Boone County should have more time to resolve school budget shortfall
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

With a state takeover of the Boone County School system looming, WVEA President Dale Lee said he’d like to see more time allotted to work out what’s turned into a several-week long budget standoff between the county and state school boards.

The state board ruled last week that they would take over the district if a reasonable budget,...

July 18, 2016

Folk tweet raises eyebrows and gets his employer’s attention
By MetroNews Staff

A tweet Friday afternoon by Del. Mike Folk about soon-to-be Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has created a firestorm among Democrats calling for his resignation along with his employer looking into the comments.

Folk (R-Berkeley) tweeted Clinton “should be tried for treason, murder, and crimes against the US Constitution… then hung on the Mall in Washington, DC...

July 18, 2016

Boone school board makes state-ordered cuts
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

MADISON, W.Va. -- Boone County school board members voted today to finally make severe cuts to their employees’ pay and benefits, a move that will seemingly avert the state Board of Education takeover that was automatically set to take effect today if the board refused to make the state-ordered cuts a third time.

The unanimous vote, taken before an audience of about 250...

July 18, 2016

Education group applauds W.Va. for gains in graduation rates, early education
By Bill Frye Register-Herald Reporter

West Virginia is improving its graduation rate, while earning more praise for its dedication to early learning.

The report, "Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace" from the Southern Regional Education Board, details West Virginia's efforts to improve standards and student success as well other states in the SREB's region.

The report...

July 19, 2016

Boone school board agrees to cut benefits and supplemental salaries
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

MADISON, W.Va. — The Boone County Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to make the cuts necessary to avoid a takeover by the state Dept. of Education.

Nearly $6 million dollars in cuts means that employees in the district will see about a $175 salary reduction in supplemental pay per paycheck, as well as the elimination of dental and vision benefits...

July 21, 2016

Herbert Hoover High School to close after flooding
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — Several hundred residents packed into the auditorium at Elkview Middle School Wednesday night found out for certain that what they’d feared for weeks was true: Herbert Hoover High School will not reopen in the aftermath of historic flooding.

A special Kanawha County Board of Education meeting specifically to address the flood’s impact on the county’s schools...

July 21, 2016

Philip Barbour teacher reflects on day student took classroom hostage
By Erin Beck, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nearly a year has passed since a 14-year-old student with a gun took Twila Smith’s classroom hostage. But she still feels uneasy around open doors.

On Aug. 25, 2015, Smith, a teacher at Philip Barbour High School, was preparing to teach her sixth-period world studies class when the freshman student, who had missed her first-period class, hurried...

July 22, 2016

Two Richwood schools to begin school year in portables
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

RICHWOOD, W.Va. — The June 23 flood has forced Richwood High School and Middle School to begin the school year in portables.

The Nicholas County Board of Education met Thursday night at a special public meeting to discuss contingency plans for the fast approaching school year.

“We are in no way capable of making a statement or a determination as to what we will be...

July 22, 2016

PEIA sees jump in claims after uncertainty over benefits
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Public Employees Insurance Agency is seeing a $21 million jump in medical claims, which officials hope is a “run on benefits” by insurees who were uncertain about whether the West Virginia Legislature would fully fund the health insurance program.

“We’re hoping we’re seeing a blip, and not an emerging trend,” Chief Financial Officer Jason Haught told the...

July 25, 2016

Kanawha school board considers social media policy
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County’s school board is considering three policies, including a “social media policy” in which the district claims wide latitude to monitor communications. Other policies would almost completely ban animals from school property, and lay out punishments for employees who don’t complete trainings.

Kanawha school board members had an official first reading of...

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