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July-03-2014

By Pamela Pritt  
Register-Herald Reporter

The last month of the fiscal year proved to be the best for West Virginia, with a revenue surplus more than $27 million above estimates.

Secretary of the Department of Revenue Bob Kiss said the surplus is in part due to a statewide hiring freeze, which has been extended indefinitely.

Deputy Secretary Mark Muchow reported $19.3 million in collections, a figure 25 percent above the prior year’s receipts. Tax collection for...

July-02-2014

By Mandy Cardosi
WOWKTV.com

Several state laws will take effect July 1, including the law passed to give teachers and school service personnel an across-the-board $1,000 pay raise.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin promised in his State of the State address school teachers, bus drivers and custodians would see a 2 percent increase in their salaries.

“Therefore, I commit to funding a 2 percent pay raise for all teachers and school service personnel who invest in our children...

July-01-2014

By Staff reports 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Michael Martirano was officially hired as West Virginia’s next superintendent of schools today.

Members of the state Board of Education unanimously approved Martirano’s hiring at a meeting this morning. Martirano, who was superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools in southern Maryland for about a decade, will have an annual salary of $230,000.

He will replace Jim Phares, whose last day as...

July-01-2014

By WV MetroNews Staff 

The new executive director of the state School Building Authority is David Sneed, the SBA’s former chief of architectural services who served from 1990 until 2012. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Sneed’s appointment on Monday.
“David is no stranger to West Virginia’s School Building Authority and played a key role in developing a number of planning mechanisms currently used by educational planners and architects in West Virginia,” Tomblin said in a...

June-30-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Michael Martirano, who is expected to be elected as the new West Virginia schools superintendent on Tuesday, is leaving his district in Maryland at a controversial time, following an investigation into the school system’s $6 million budget deficit.

In April, the St. Mary’s County Commission, located in Southern Maryland, released a statement responding to the school district’s deficit, saying that an investigation was necessary...

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