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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-20-2014

By Kera Mashek
WCHS-TV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A bill is on Governor Tomblin's desk that would increase teacher pay in West Virginia by $1,000 a year, but that won't make a dent in the disparity of what teachers here earn compared to neighboring states. The state's low pay scale presents significant challenges for schools, but some districts are taking steps to help combat those challenges.

Kristi Gibb is a library media specialist at Vinson Middle School in Wayne County....

March-19-2014

By Jessica Farrish 
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter 

BECKLEY — A Raleigh County teacher’s union representative said Tuesday that teachers would like the Raleigh Board of Education to hire a superintendent who will improve teacher morale and implement classroom technology in a way that is relevant to student needs.

Marie Hamrick, West Virginia Education Association-Raleigh County co-president, made her remarks after current Raleigh Schools Superintendent Jim Brown...

March-19-2014

By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

The state's only school for deaf and blind students is still looking for a source of funding to make improvements to its outdated facilities.

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind's current facilities, which were built in 1938, do not meet federal and state standards and pose safety risks to students, but finding an entity to pay for a campus overhaul isn't easy, school superintendent Lynn Boyer said.

Boyer...

March-18-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- School districts across the state asked the West Virginia School Building Authority for funding for various projects Monday.

The SBA's spring meeting will continue today with Kanawha County Schools, the state's largest district, asking for more than $2 million to add on to Andrews Heights Elementary, where some students are housed in portable classrooms.

A total of 19 counties plan to ask for funding,...

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