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July-11-2016

State board member weighs in on Boone County budget issue
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

MADISON, W.Va. — A Boone County native and state school board member says she understands firsthand how the county school district is struggling, but also must pass a balanced budget for the coming school year.

“Being a former superintendent, I would say that you always have to balance your budget,” said Beverly Kingery, a lifelong county resident. “Sometimes it’s...

July-08-2016

US study: WV should redirect some prison funding to schools
David Gutman, WV Gazette-Mail

Over nearly 35 years, West Virginia’s spending on jails and prisons has increased more than five times faster than its spending on K-12 public education, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education.

While every state’s corrections spending grew at a much faster rate from 1980 to 2013 than did its education spending, the disparity in West Virginia...

July-08-2016

Boone County School Board rejects WVDE directive again
By MetroNews Staff

In a special emergency session Thursday afternoon, the Boone County School Board once again voted unanimously to reject an order from the state Dept. of Education to cut its budget for the coming school year.

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano had ordered the system to make employee pay and benefit cuts, but excluded about 35 layoffs that were recommended last...

July-05-2016

State flood report: 3 schools won’t open this fall
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Monday afternoon’s flood recovery report from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said three schools would not be opening in the fall because of flood damage.

The report lists Herbert Hoover High School and Clendenin Elementary School in Kanawha County and H.E. White Elementary in Clay County.

Herbert Hoover Principal Mike Kelly told...

July-01-2016

Martirano sends letter issuing ultimatum to Boone County School Board
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano responded to the Boone County School Board Friday offering the board a chance to submit a realistic budget for Fiscal Year 2017, or else face potential repercussions.

Boone County Schools and the WV Dept. of Education are at odds over the budget after the board unanimously rejected a directive Thursday from...

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