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October-08-2015

Drops in funding, enrollment lead to possible Boone schools closure
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In response to declining enrollment and lower property tax collections, the Boone County schools superintendent wants to close three of the county’s 10 elementary schools.

John Hudson said Wharton Elementary, which would merge with Van Elementary, will host a hearing at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2; Nellis Elementary, which would consolidate with Ashford-...

October-07-2015

Police chief, teachers honored for response to Philippi hostage situation
By Ryan Petrovich, WDTV.com

Tonight in Barbour County, Philippi City Council honored individuals who played a key role in the Phillip-Barbour High School hostage situation that happened a couple months ago.

Police Chief Jeff Walters and teachers Jennifer Swift and Twila Smith were honored for their bravery and composure during that frightening day. Swift and Smith were not on hand...

October-07-2015

Revenue shortfall presents major challenge for W.Va. leaders
By Jeremiah Shelor, Staff Writer, The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — With Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announcing across-the-board midyear budget cuts for state agencies Monday, addressing the state’s revenue shortfall is shaping up to be a major theme in the 2016 legislative session.

On Monday, the governor’s office announced a 4 percent budget reduction for most state agencies and a 1 percent cut to...

October-06-2015

Public education not spared from latest round of budget cuts
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A one percent cut in the state School Aid Formula will result in a total of more than $16 million in funding reductions in county school systems.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order Monday ordering budget cuts because of a significant decrease in state revenues mainly caused by decreased coal production and the record low prices for...

October-06-2015

Tomblin announces 4 percent budget cut for state agencies
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday announced an across-the-board 4 percent cut for most state government agencies, a move he said is necessary due to “unexpected and unprecedented” drops in the state’s severance tax collections.

State aid to public schools, which has been spared in recent years of budget cuts, will see a 1 percent cut this year, Tomblin...

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