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WV schools undergoes more changes as chief picks No. 2, official resigns
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine has picked Clayton Burch, who served Paine’s predecessor as chief academic officer, to be the No. 2 official in the state Department of Education.

Paine also announced in a Wednesday news release that he has picked Lou Maynus, the Kanawha County public school system’s assistant superintendent...


RESAs still might request money for next year despite dissolution order
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice’s education bill, which he signed into law last month, cut $3.7 million from West Virginia’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies and ordered their dismantlement — at least in name.

Although House Bill 2711 cut the agencies’ funding, it also said they could continue to exist until school boards of the counties within them...


“Rosies” honored at Charleston program
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If she had complied with the law, Anna Hess would likely not have worked for Mohawk Industries during World War II.

“I told a little white lie,” she said. “I went to work when I was 15 years old.”

Telling factory officials she was 18, Hess began building tire bands for trucks that would be used overseas by Allied troops.

Now 89, Hess was among 25 World...


Mercer cancels elementary Bible classes, adds optional high school course
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Mercer County’s school board has canceled Bible classes in its public elementary schools next school year, but it’s now adding a new, optional high school Bible course for next school year.

Deborah Akers, superintendent of Mercer’s public school system and president of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, said the current weekly...


Legislature takes second hiatus as July 1 shutdown looms
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With the Senate and House of Delegates still seemingly miles apart on how to raise revenue to close a $260 million gap in the 2017-18 state budget, the Legislature agreed Wednesday to put the special session on a second hiatus — to June 5 — to allow time to try to work with Gov. Jim Justice to come up with a compromise.

The action Wednesday evening brought the...