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July-25-2016

Kanawha school board considers social media policy
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County’s school board is considering three policies, including a “social media policy” in which the district claims wide latitude to monitor communications. Other policies would almost completely ban animals from school property, and lay out punishments for employees who don’t complete trainings.

Kanawha school board members had an official first reading of...

July-22-2016

PEIA sees jump in claims after uncertainty over benefits
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Public Employees Insurance Agency is seeing a $21 million jump in medical claims, which officials hope is a “run on benefits” by insurees who were uncertain about whether the West Virginia Legislature would fully fund the health insurance program.

“We’re hoping we’re seeing a blip, and not an emerging trend,” Chief Financial Officer Jason Haught told the...

July-22-2016

Two Richwood schools to begin school year in portables
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

RICHWOOD, W.Va. — The June 23 flood has forced Richwood High School and Middle School to begin the school year in portables.

The Nicholas County Board of Education met Thursday night at a special public meeting to discuss contingency plans for the fast approaching school year.

“We are in no way capable of making a statement or a determination as to what we will be...

July-21-2016

Philip Barbour teacher reflects on day student took classroom hostage
By Erin Beck, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nearly a year has passed since a 14-year-old student with a gun took Twila Smith’s classroom hostage. But she still feels uneasy around open doors.

On Aug. 25, 2015, Smith, a teacher at Philip Barbour High School, was preparing to teach her sixth-period world studies class when the freshman student, who had missed her first-period class, hurried...

July-21-2016

Herbert Hoover High School to close after flooding
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — Several hundred residents packed into the auditorium at Elkview Middle School Wednesday night found out for certain that what they’d feared for weeks was true: Herbert Hoover High School will not reopen in the aftermath of historic flooding.

A special Kanawha County Board of Education meeting specifically to address the flood’s impact on the county’s schools...

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