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By Chelsi Baker 
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT -- The Marion County Board of Education held a special meeting at Fairview Middle School Monday to discuss the possibility of moving fourth-graders from Fairview Elementary to the middle school, and also moving the preschool class from Fairview Middle School to the elementary school. The move would create a more fluid transition from pre-K to elementary school and from fourth grade to the middle school, said Superintendent Gary...


By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's expansion of preschool means that more small children will have to board regular school buses without seat belts, and ride alongside middle- and high-school students.

Beginning next month in Kanawha County, the state's largest school district, students enrolled in Head Start programs -- some as young as 4 years old -- will, for the first time, board regular school buses.

In the past,...


By Dave Boucher, Capitol Bureau Chief
Charleston Daily Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut nearly $67 million from the 2015 budget before signing the measure into law Thursday.

While Tomblin and other state leaders celebrated a bill later in the day that includes a potential tax credit for The Greenbrier with cake, a National Football League coach and a trumpeter, the governor's calls for fiscal responsibility fell on deaf ears for those affected by the...


By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

Legislation creating the West Virginia Future Fund, a type of endowment fund for the years ahead drawing from a portion of present-day severance tax collections, will become law in June.

State officials said it could be 2019, though, before the first deposits are made into that account.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed SB 461 into law on Thursday at the State Capitol.

For several years, Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall...


By Elaine Blaisdell 
Cumberland Times-News 

KEYSER, W.Va. — No comments were made Tuesday during a Mineral County Board of Education public hearing on the superintendent’s proposals for the 2014-2015 school calendar.

There are two sample calendars — one with students returning to school Aug. 7 and a projected finish date of May 20, 2015. The other sample has students returning to school Aug. 14 and a projected finish date of May 27, 2015. Neither sample has been...