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July-13-2017

West Virginia education board approves Fayette County consolidation
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to close seven schools in the Fayette County Schools district.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted 4-1 in May for closing numerous schools and reconfiguring schools for new grade levels.

This plan included closing Meadow Bridge High School, a measure which was removed in...

July-12-2017

Nicholas consolidation question: Do local boards have to comply with rules, or go beyond them?
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If a county school board has met the standards for public involvement as it decides to consolidate local schools, should it expect to receive the stamp of approval from the state Board of Education?

Or does the state board have the right to determine that although the standards have been met as they’re stated...

July-12-2017

CNBC ranks West Virginia as worst state for business
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Business news channel CNBC released its ratings of the “top states for business” for this year Tuesday, placing West Virginia at the...

July-11-2017

State school board rejects Nicholas consolidation plan, again
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At the conclusion of an emergency meeting a day head of a court hearing on the matter, the state school board voted to again reject a Nicholas County school consolidation plan.

Monday afternoon’s meeting, which lasted five hours before a packed house of Nicholas County residents, was meant “to help expedite a final resolution...

July-10-2017

WV ranks 43rd nationally in kids’ well-being
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia ranks 43rd in the country in terms of children’s well-being, according to the latest Kids Count report.

Last year, West Virginia ranked 39th. The year before that, the state ranked 43rd. And in 2014, West Virginia ranked 37th...

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