March 2015

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March 18, 2015

Harrison County superintendent attempts to clarify memo regarding student prayer
By Aaron Payne in News | WV MetroNews

CLARKSBURG, W. Va. – After a memo regarding prayer conducted at athletic events was sent out by the county school system, the Superintendent of Schools in Harrison County is attempting to clarify its meaning.

“I’ll be the first to admit that the memo probably wasn’t as clear as it could have been,” Superintendent Mark Manchin said on...

March 18, 2015

Tomblin comments on legislative session
By Whitney Burdette, Capitol reporter, Charleston Daily Mail

Although the Legislature didn’t take much action on roads and infrastructure over the 60-day session, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the state stands ready to repair bridges and roads after a harsh winter.

Revenues are coming in above estimates, Tomblin said, allowing the state to spend between $75 and $80 million on highway improvements.

“That’s $75...

March 18, 2015

Fayette schools hope to take big step with bond issue
By Jeff Jenkins in News | WV MetroNews

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — The Fayette County school system plans to seek the approval of nearly $39 million from voters June 13 in a school construction bond issue that was posted on the school system’s website Tuesday.

The total bond would be worth $66.5 million with $25.1 million coming from the state School Building Authority.

More than one engineer has...

March 18, 2015

Tomblin: ‘lot of concern’ from people about concealed-carry permit repeal
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette

Being unable to run for re-election and not seeking other political office in 2016, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin agreed Tuesday that there will be less political pressure as he decides whether to sign or veto bills passed this session – including a bill to make it legal to conceal carry a firearm without a permit, which has been generating interest...

March 19, 2015

Lawmakers OK budget, correct vetoed bills
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

Legislators closed out the first regular session of the 82nd West Virginia Legislature on Wednesday, approving a 2015-16 budget bill that includes $4.3 billion in spending from tax revenue while also continuing to correct an upsurge of bills vetoed for technical errors. The budget bill (HB2016) takes $22.7 million from the state’s “Rainy Day” reserve fund to balance the budget, but it also...

March 20, 2015

Alanna Campbell: Expanding teacher certification is good for students

I am a student at Transylvania University, a liberal arts university in downtown Lexington, Ky., where I am a political science major and anthropology minor.

I attended high school at Barbourville Independent School in Kentucky, located in the western foothills of the Appalachian mountains.

There, I was blessed with the privilege of not only knowing, but being pupil to, multiple Teach...

March 23, 2015

Tomblin reflects on working with GOP Legislature
By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After West Virginia's first Republican-led legislative session in more than eight decades, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has some decisions to make.

Lawmakers sent the Democrat 261 bills in the session that ended March 14, and he still has to act on about 180 of them. The most contentious of the bunch eliminated the requirement for people to get licensed to carry...

March 23, 2015

SBA budget cut by $8 million in coming fiscal year
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A lot of state agencies are taking a hit in the next state budget including the state School Building Authority which lost $8 million in funding in the...

March 23, 2015

Fayette faces building issues, consolidation, and bond vote
By Jim Workman, The State Journal

History shows that the voters of Fayette County are not in favor of passing a bond for their schools.

They have not passed a bond since 1973.

In fact, it has not even been close. Support in favor of a bond has been very low. Two bonds that failed — in 2001 and 2009 — received only 13.8 percent and 23 percent of the vote in favor of a bond, respectively....

March 23, 2015

School systems may be in bind to meet 180-day requirement
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It appears it’s going to be difficult for county boards of education to get special waivers to allow them to miss the 180 instructional days required in state law.

State Board of Education President Gayle Manchin released the following statement Friday:

“The West Virginia Board of Education remains firm on the importance of providing students 180...

March 25, 2015

Education to be top priority of Legislature’s interim sessions
By Michael Erb, For The Intelligencer,The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

CHARLESTON - West Virginia legislative leaders say education issues will be a top priority during the upcoming interim sessions.

Lawmakers plan to meet next month to set an interim meetings schedule for the summer and fall. Delegate Amanda Pasdon, R-Monongalia, chairwoman of the House Education Committee, said two...

March 25, 2015

Hall, Mullins have concerns about snow day waivers
By Greg Carter, WVVA Evening News Anchor / Content Manager

CHARLESTON (WVVA) – Ninth District Senators Daniel Hall, R-Wyoming, and Jeff Mullins, R-Raleigh, are expressing their concerns about waiver process established by the State Board of Education for counties worst affected by winter storms.

West Virginia law requires all children have 180 instructional days per year. However, because of severe storms...