June 2015

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June 9, 2015

Kanawha schools survey finds need for improved communications
By Laura Haight, Daily Mail Staff

Kanawha County teachers, parents, community members and high school students are calling for better communication throughout the school district, a recent survey has found.

The results from the Kanawha County Schools Management Retreat Survey Analysis presented at a special session of the board Monday reiterated the need for improvement. About 150 were invited...

June 9, 2015

Without recalculation, prevailing wage at risk
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Prevailing wage rates for state-funded construction projects are now set to expire July 1, after the legislative Joint Committee on Government and Finance rejected a motion Monday to extend the deadline for calculating new wage rates to Sept. 30 on a party-line vote.

Prior to the vote, Republican members of the committee strongly criticized methodology proposed...

June 10, 2015

Cities, counties worry tax changes will mean cuts
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Cities and counties are already struggling with low tax revenues, and mayors and county commissioners urged state legislators Tuesday not to make changes that could cut their already limited sources for those revenues.

“Most counties are struggling financially. It’s become very hard for us to fund anything but those things specially required in law,” Cabell County...

June 10, 2015

State prevailing wage laws still unclear
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

One day after legislative leaders denounced WorkForce West Virginia’s plan for recalculating the state’s prevailing wage rates, and voted down a motion to keep the current rates in effect to Sept. 30, the fate of state prevailing wages was unclear Tuesday.

While legislative leaders took steps Monday to halt WorkForce West Virginia’s proposed recalculation, the governor’s...

June 10, 2015

91 percent of state workers choose Healthy Tomorrows; won’t face additional deductible
By Jeff Jenkins

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A large majority of state workers won’t be charged an additional $500 deductible beginning July 1 because they’ve decided to take part in the Healthy Tomorrows initiative.

State Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) spokesperson Diane Holley-Brown said 91 percent or 71,945 active and non-Medicare retirees met the program’s first-...

June 11, 2015

11 counties reverting to traditional high school math classes
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

Eleven West Virginia counties, including Kanawha and Putnam, have told state education officials they plan to revert next school year to the traditional high school math course structure that predated the national Common Core standards.

So far, 26 districts have indicated whether they will return to the previous structure of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra...

June 11, 2015

Review of Common Core to begin, will seek online comments
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Daily Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education is ready to conduct a comprehensive review of its Common Core-based English and math standards, Superintendent Michael Martirano announced Wednesday during a state Board of Education meeting.

With the help of West Virginia University and the Southern Regional Education Board, the department will begin its review...

June 15, 2015

Fayette County school bond defeated
By WV MetroNews Staff

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Fayette County voters soundly defeated a $39 million bond referendum aimed at financing new school construction and renovating other existing campuses.

About 61.9 percent of voters opposed the bond call Saturday.

With 39 precincts turning out to vote, 4,662 ballots rejected the measure and 2,870 supported it.

Should the bond have passed, the $39 million–along...

June 16, 2015

WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind temporary administrator named
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The finance director of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will serve as the school's administrator until a new superintendent is hired.
Superintendent Lynn Boyer will retire on June 30.
The Charleston Daily Mail reported that Boyer told the West Virginia Board of Education last week that finance director Mark...

June 18, 2015

Four Harrison high schools among those changing math structure
By WV MetroNews Staff

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The Harrison County Board of Education has given schools the autonomy to determine how best to meet the Next Generation standards.

“Dr. Manchin feels that because we have such diversity in our high schools, that rather than make a decision for county-wide, we look at the decision high-school wide,” said Harrison County’s Assistant Superintendent Wendy...

June 18, 2015

Randolph superintendent picked to lead Fayette County schools
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

Randolph County Schools Superintendent Terry George will take the same position in Fayette County on July 1, officials said Tuesday, days after Fayette voters rejected a bond sale that could’ve generated more than $60 million to help build, renovate and consolidate schools.State Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano named George to the Fayette post on Tuesday,...

June 18, 2015

Absenteeism reported in parts of W.Va. where school year continues
By Shauna Johnson in News | June 18, 2015 at 11:50AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As we near the end of June, schools are still open in parts of West Virginia, but some students who attend those schools are already starting summer vacation.

“I knew there was going to be an absenteeism issue,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, of the low attendance reports to...