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January-16-2015

By Ryan Quinn

The Charleston Gazette

The Calhoun County school district’s deficit at the end of last fiscal year surpassed $1.8 million, exceeding one-fifth of its annual operating budget, but recent drastic efforts to reduce it have received opposition from employees.

Superintendent Tim Woodward, who joined the district in March, said that despite losing $350,000 annually in state funding over the past several years due to declining enrollment – Calhoun dropped from 1,...

January-15-2015

By David Gutman, Charleston Gazette

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s announcement that he will introduce legislation to expand the hiring of teachers who do not have a background in teaching has the state’s teachers unions taking a wait-and-see approach.

“We must give local school systems better flexibility to train and hire subject-matter experts to fill long-term vacancies in critical subject areas,” Tomblin said during his State of the State address Wednesday night.

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January-15-2015

And we’re off!

Wednesday’s start to West Virginia’s 82nd Legislature carried with it a strong sense of history. After all, the state had not had Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Delegates since 1932.

Republicans did their best to avoid spiking the ball, but they were understandably gleeful. Democrats, facing the unfamiliar position of the minority party, were gracious.
And Governor Tomblin, in his state of the state address last night, acknowledged the...

January-15-2015

By Joel Ebert, Daily Mail

As is the case with every year, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin received a variety of praise and criticism from members of his own party, as well as the new majority party, following Wednesday’s State of the State Address.Republican leaders were pleased to hear the governor’s call to push back against regulations being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

”The EPA is way, way too deep in the business and the future of our state. We’re going to push...

January-14-2015

By Annie Moore  
WVVA Multimedia Journalist  

OAK HILL -- On Monday, Fayette County school officials announced that the main building at Collins Middle School would be closed due to unsafe conditions.

Officials said 5th and 6th graders would be staying at the school but in a different building. They also said 7th graders will go to Fayetteville High School on Thursday and 8th graders would go to Oak Hill High School.

But a day after that announcement, WVVA found...

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