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March-20-2014

By Kera Mashek
WCHS-TV

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A bill is on Governor Tomblin's desk that would increase teacher pay in West Virginia by $1,000 a year, but that won't make a dent in the disparity of what teachers here earn compared to neighboring states. The state's low pay scale presents significant challenges for schools, but some districts are taking steps to help combat those challenges.

Kristi Gibb is a library media specialist at Vinson Middle School in Wayne County....

March-19-2014

By Mackenzie Mays  
The Charleston Gazette  

The state's only school for deaf and blind students is still looking for a source of funding to make improvements to its outdated facilities.

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind's current facilities, which were built in 1938, do not meet federal and state standards and pose safety risks to students, but finding an entity to pay for a campus overhaul isn't easy, school superintendent Lynn Boyer said.

Boyer...

March-19-2014

By Jessica Farrish 
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter 

BECKLEY — A Raleigh County teacher’s union representative said Tuesday that teachers would like the Raleigh Board of Education to hire a superintendent who will improve teacher morale and implement classroom technology in a way that is relevant to student needs.

Marie Hamrick, West Virginia Education Association-Raleigh County co-president, made her remarks after current Raleigh Schools Superintendent Jim Brown...

March-18-2014

By Shauna Johnson 
WV MetroNews

It’s a reserve account designated for emergencies, but there’s still disagreement at the State House about whether West Virginia’s current financial situation is the kind of catastrophe meriting a $120 million dip into the Rainy Day Fund.

“I’m very glad that we had a savings account where we didn’t have to cut services for children or seniors or whatever the case may be to get us over this little bump in the road,” said House Majority Whip...

March-18-2014

By Ryan Quinn 
The Charleston Gazette

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The Putnam County Board of Education is asking for public input on the 2014-15 school calendar, but Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said Monday the board's options are greatly constrained by state regulations, including new ones going into effect.

The new rules, instituted by Senate Bill 359, didn't affect this school year. The county schools are now mandated to have all 180 instructional days, said Cindy Daniel,...

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