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March-13-2014

By David Gutman
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Board of Education members may ask Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to veto a recently passed bill that gives teachers total autonomy over how they use their daily planning period.

The bill, which passed both the state Senate and the House of Delegates unanimously, states that teachers have full say over how they use their time and cannot be compelled to attend meetings, parent-teacher conferences or other events...

March-13-2014

By Caitlin Cook
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Joseph Makolandra, human resources director for Montgomery County public schools in Virginia, came to the 44th Annual Teacher Job Fair Wednesday at West Virginia State University for one reason.

"We know we can offer higher wages than what they earn here [in West Virginia]," he said. "The biggest thing we have over West Virginia is salary."

The event connected prospective teachers with job recruiters from...

March-12-2014

By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter   

CHARLESTON — The state’s budget is still a work in progress Tuesday after a 60-day session fraught with issues other than the budget Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in his State of the State address would be tight.

Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, is the man charged with the balancing act.

Prezioso, chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, said Tomblin’s initial budget cut state agencies by 7.5 percent that included a hiring freeze....

March-12-2014

LACIE PIERSON

HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Board of Education approved the proposed 2014-15 school calendar during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

The calendar was approved by the board by a vote of 5-0 without the fanfare that accompanied public hearings about the calendar in recent weeks.

The calendar next will be submitted to the West Virginia Department of Education for final approval.

The calendar has a start date for students of Wednesday, Aug. 6,...

March-12-2014

By Jenni Vincent - Journal Staff Writer 

CHARLES TOWN - Jefferson County Board of Education vice president Scott Sudduth was passionate, but unsuccessful in his attempt at Monday night's meeting to convince others to consider - and ultimately use - some alternate methods for making up student instructional time lost due to severe winter weather.

In the end, board members supported superintendent Susan Wall's plan for converting existing days on the calendar into instructional...

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