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August 2, 2016

Dozens resign from Boone County schools
By WSAZ Staff

DANVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Roughly 40 employees of the Boone County School District are resigning amid the budget crisis.

Monday was the deadline to resign ahead of the 2016-17 school year.

Back on July 18, employees were told they would take a $4,000 pay cut as a way to help deal with the budget deficit in Boone County. They will also lose health and dental benefits.

The district lost...

August 2, 2016

Several Boone employees resign amid budget crisis
The Associated Press

MADISON, W.Va. (AP) – About 40 employees of the Boone County School District have resigned amid a budget crisis.

Media outlets report that Monday was the deadline for employees to resign ahead of the 2016-17 school year. On July 18, employees were told they would take a $4,000 pay cut in order to help deal with county’s budget deficit.
They’ll also lose health and dental benefits...

August 2, 2016

WVEA's Lee on Boone: 'You can't balance it totally on employees'
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

MADISON, W.Va. — The Boone County School System will open the 2016-17 school year with more than 40 job vacancies.

The county saw a flurry of resignations just before Monday’s deadline for the 2015-16 school year contract, most of them are attributed to cuts in the budget which cost teachers around $4,000 in their annual pay along with dental and vision...

August 3, 2016

Kanawha teachers return to school following flooding
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — Teachers are back in Kanawha County Schools Wednesday, but for some, it will be the first time they’ve seen their classrooms since the historic June flood.

“Some of them haven’t seen their rooms since they left back in June, so they don’t really totally understand what they’re going to be coming in and facing, a lot of them,” said Melissa Lovejoy,...

August 4, 2016

Like Herbert Hoover, flooded Clendenin Elementary to close
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CLENDENIN, W.Va. — Clendenin Elementary School will be the second in Kanawha County to shut its doors in the wake of devastating flooding on June 23.

The Kanawha County School Board announced Wednesday evening in a special public meeting that due to damage that amounts to 97 percent of its $3.7 million value according to FEMA, the school will close and be replaced...

August 9, 2016

Allegations grow over mismanagement in Logan County schools
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

Allegations of misspending of Logan County school funds on wedding paraphernalia may only be the tip of the iceberg.  Logan County School Board President Paul Hardesty confirmed the purchase of the questionable items during Monday’s MetroNews Talkline.

“They were purchased at the Logan County Board of Education.  They were purchased with the sate P-Card. Most, if...

August 9, 2016

Report finds WV’s public higher education institutions have $2.7 billion impact on state
By Carrie Hodousek , WV MetroNews

The state Higher Education Policy Commission hopes the $2.7 billion impact that West Virginia’s colleges and universities have on the state’s economy will prevent budget cuts to higher education.

“Rather than just to say ‘hey, we can save a lot of money by closing or consolidating certain institutions, you really need to also have an...

August 10, 2016

Organized labor ready to challenge Right to Work in court
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

Six months since the West Virginia Legislature passed Right to Work legislation, organized labor is ready to go to court to seek an injunction to block the measure.  The new law was described by supporters during the debate as a bid to drop a requirement of union membership as a condition of employment.  Union groups contend the measure amounted to an unfair taking of...

August 10, 2016

West Virginia students make modest improvement on standardized testing
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

West Virginia students made a minor improvement in 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment testing, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

The data showed that math proficiency improved from last year’s 26 percent to 30 percent while English-language arts scores improved from 45 percent in 2015 to 47 percent.

August 11, 2016

Kanawha circuit judge issues preliminary injunction on Right to Work
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the state’s new right to work law.

West Virginia became the 26th right to work state in the U.S. on July 1 after its passage in the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. The AFL-CIO and 10 other unions sought the injunction claiming it amounted to stealing property....

August 11, 2016

WV scores rise on Smarter Balanced, which state will continue to use
Ryan Quinn , Charleston Gazette-Mail

Statewide proficiency rates on the annual end-of-year standardized tests for West Virginia public elementary, middle and high school students increased from the 2014-15 school year to last school year in nearly every tested grade on all tested subjects, according to preliminary data.

But even with the proficiency rate increases, the fact remained that...

August 11, 2016

Martirano believes test results should be tied to Promise Scholarship, college entrance
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano wants to “begin the conversation” to link standardized test results to the Promise Scholarship and college entrance, he said Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline.”

Martirano wants to incentivize middle school and high school students to spend more time on the Smarter Balanced assessment. The ‘...