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July-22-2016

PEIA sees jump in claims after uncertainty over benefits
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Public Employees Insurance Agency is seeing a $21 million jump in medical claims, which officials hope is a “run on benefits” by insurees who were uncertain about whether the West Virginia Legislature would fully fund the health insurance program.

“We’re hoping we’re seeing a blip, and not an emerging trend,” Chief Financial Officer Jason Haught told the...

July-22-2016

Two Richwood schools to begin school year in portables
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

RICHWOOD, W.Va. — The June 23 flood has forced Richwood High School and Middle School to begin the school year in portables.

The Nicholas County Board of Education met Thursday night at a special public meeting to discuss contingency plans for the fast approaching school year.

“We are in no way capable of making a statement or a determination as to what we will be...

July-21-2016

Philip Barbour teacher reflects on day student took classroom hostage
By Erin Beck, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nearly a year has passed since a 14-year-old student with a gun took Twila Smith’s classroom hostage. But she still feels uneasy around open doors.

On Aug. 25, 2015, Smith, a teacher at Philip Barbour High School, was preparing to teach her sixth-period world studies class when the freshman student, who had missed her first-period class, hurried...

July-21-2016

Herbert Hoover High School to close after flooding
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — Several hundred residents packed into the auditorium at Elkview Middle School Wednesday night found out for certain that what they’d feared for weeks was true: Herbert Hoover High School will not reopen in the aftermath of historic flooding.

A special Kanawha County Board of Education meeting specifically to address the flood’s impact on the county’s schools...

July-19-2016

Boone school board agrees to cut benefits and supplemental salaries
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

MADISON, W.Va. — The Boone County Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to make the cuts necessary to avoid a takeover by the state Dept. of Education.

Nearly $6 million dollars in cuts means that employees in the district will see about a $175 salary reduction in supplemental pay per paycheck, as well as the elimination of dental and vision benefits...

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