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March-13-2014

By Caitlin Cook
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Joseph Makolandra, human resources director for Montgomery County public schools in Virginia, came to the 44th Annual Teacher Job Fair Wednesday at West Virginia State University for one reason.

"We know we can offer higher wages than what they earn here [in West Virginia]," he said. "The biggest thing we have over West Virginia is salary."

The event connected prospective teachers with job recruiters from...

March-13-2014

By Jeff Jenkins
WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation Wednesday afternoon extending the extended session of the Legislature until Friday to allow a House and Senate conference committee to complete work on the new state budget.

House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley said he expects a vote on the new budget Friday along with a special session, which would allow lawmakers to take votes on several bills that failed to pass on the last night of the regular...

March-12-2014

LACIE PIERSON

HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Board of Education approved the proposed 2014-15 school calendar during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

The calendar was approved by the board by a vote of 5-0 without the fanfare that accompanied public hearings about the calendar in recent weeks.

The calendar next will be submitted to the West Virginia Department of Education for final approval.

The calendar has a start date for students of Wednesday, Aug. 6,...

March-12-2014

By Jenni Vincent - Journal Staff Writer 

CHARLES TOWN - Jefferson County Board of Education vice president Scott Sudduth was passionate, but unsuccessful in his attempt at Monday night's meeting to convince others to consider - and ultimately use - some alternate methods for making up student instructional time lost due to severe winter weather.

In the end, board members supported superintendent Susan Wall's plan for converting existing days on the calendar into instructional...

March-12-2014

By Kate White

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three Calhoun County school employees are suing the state and county boards of education because school officials canceled their spring break three weeks before it was supposed to happen. 

The lawsuits, filed Monday in Kanawha Circuit Court, also ask a judge to grant an immediate injunction to prevent school officials from changing the calendar, as teachers have made vacation plans and bought plane tickets.

Calhoun County school board...

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