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Nicholas consolidation question: Do local boards have to comply with rules, or go beyond them?
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If a county school board has met the standards for public involvement as it decides to consolidate local schools, should it expect to receive the stamp of approval from the state Board of Education?

Or does the state board have the right to determine that although the standards have been met as they’re stated...


CNBC ranks West Virginia as worst state for business
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. — Business news channel CNBC released its ratings of the “top states for business” for this year Tuesday, placing West Virginia at the...


State school board rejects Nicholas consolidation plan, again
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At the conclusion of an emergency meeting a day head of a court hearing on the matter, the state school board voted to again reject a Nicholas County school consolidation plan.

Monday afternoon’s meeting, which lasted five hours before a packed house of Nicholas County residents, was meant “to help expedite a final resolution...


WV ranks 43rd nationally in kids’ well-being
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia ranks 43rd in the country in terms of children’s well-being, according to the latest Kids Count report.

Last year, West Virginia ranked 39th. The year before that, the state ranked 43rd. And in 2014, West Virginia ranked 37th...


State BOE meets Monday on Nicholas County
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education is scheduled to meet in emergency session Monday in connection with the ongoing dispute with the Nicholas County Board of Education over the county’s school consolidation plan.

The official notification of the meeting, posted Friday, said the purpose of the meeting would be “to help expedite a final resolution of the matters pending...