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July-24-2017

State knew sanctions loomed if Title IV audit filed late
By Jake Jarvis, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s public colleges will need to come up with about $245 million in the next month after the U.S. Department of Education slapped financial sanctions on the schools, said Paul Hill, chancellor of the state agency that oversees four-year colleges.

The sanctions, which affect the colleges’ access to Title IV funds, came after the state Department...

July-13-2017

West Virginia education board approves Fayette County consolidation
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to close seven schools in the Fayette County Schools district.

The Fayette County Board of Education voted 4-1 in May for closing numerous schools and reconfiguring schools for new grade levels.

This plan included closing Meadow Bridge High School, a measure which was removed in...

July-12-2017

Nicholas consolidation question: Do local boards have to comply with rules, or go beyond them?
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If a county school board has met the standards for public involvement as it decides to consolidate local schools, should it expect to receive the stamp of approval from the state Board of Education?

Or does the state board have the right to determine that although the standards have been met as they’re stated...

July-12-2017

CNBC ranks West Virginia as worst state for business
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Business news channel CNBC released its ratings of the “top states for business” for this year Tuesday, placing West Virginia at the...

July-11-2017

State school board rejects Nicholas consolidation plan, again
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At the conclusion of an emergency meeting a day head of a court hearing on the matter, the state school board voted to again reject a Nicholas County school consolidation plan.

Monday afternoon’s meeting, which lasted five hours before a packed house of Nicholas County residents, was meant “to help expedite a final resolution...

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