April 2017

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April 11, 2017

Recent WV BOE appointee ‘caught off guard’ by removal
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

A former West Virginia Board of Education member said Monday that no one told her she was being removed from the board, which saw its vice president resign just last week and all three of its previous officers resign earlier this year.

 Barbara Whitecotton, who was Hardy County’s schools superintendent for eight years, was appointed to the board in January by Gov....

April 12, 2017

Reaction continues from both sides on home-schooled athletes bill
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

Among the bills that will soon be sent to Gov. Jim Justice, one piece of legislation would allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports if approved.

House Bill 2196 would permit these students to try out for athletic and...

April 12, 2017

WV school board delays Nicholas consolidation decision
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Yet again, the West Virginia Board of Education has set a meeting agenda that doesn’t include a vote on the Nicholas County school board’s consolidation plan.

State board President Tom Campbell said March 20 that he anticipated Nicholas’ consolidation plan would be on the state board’s agenda for today. After a state School Building Authority meeting that day,...

April 12, 2017

Senate president now says Justice should sign budget bill
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A day after saying he hoped negotiations would continue between Gov. Jim Justice and the Legislature on a budget compromise, Senate President Mitch Carmichael changed direction, calling on the governor Tuesday to sign the $4.102 billion budget bill lawmakers passed Sunday.

“While I realize this budget is not what the governor wants, I believe it’s a...

April 13, 2017

Lawmakers await Justice decision on budget
Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Whatever Gov. Jim Justice decides to do Thursday with the budget bill will impact state lawmakers.

Justice will make his decision known in a 2 p.m. news conference in the Lower Rotunda.

During an appearance Wednesday on MetroNews “Talkline,” state Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Trump (R-Morgan) said Justice should sign the $4.1 billion spending plan into law.

April 13, 2017

Justice vetoes budget passed by Legislature
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice this afternoon vetoed a budget passed by the state Legislature on Saturday, saying signing the budget would be like “signing our death certificate.”

Justice referred to “nothing burgers” and “mayo sandwiches,” two food props he used earlier in the legislative session, before unveiling a third platter continuing “bull you-know-what,” in the governor’s...

April 18, 2017

State board OKs computer science courses to satisfy math, science credits
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a voice vote with no nays heard, the West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday approved providing computer science courses that public high school students can take to satisfy math and science graduation requirements.

The standards revision creating those classes also establishes one middle school computer science course, Discovering...

April 18, 2017

After 1 year of program, no reports of naloxone used in Cabell schools
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

School nurses in Cabell County have carried the drug naloxone for one year, but Superintendent Bill Smith says, fortunately, the drug has not been administered to anyone in the school system.

“We have not had the horror of having a child succumb to an overdose in the schools and that to me is good, but we just need to be prepared,” Smith told MetroNews...

April 18, 2017

Justice names two new state board members
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has announced the appointments of Deborah Sullivan of Charleston and Joseph Wallace of Elkins to serve on the state Board of Education.

The board positions opened after recently-appointed Chuck Hatfield, a former Putnam County superintendent, stepped down to spend more time helping his ill mother, and after another recent appointee, Barbara...

April 19, 2017

Gov. Justice signs bill raising pre-k and kindergarten enrollment age
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The dates by when West Virginia children must enter kindergarten and must be offered free kindergarten and pre-kindergarten are set to change in the coming years.

Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 186, which will eventually move from Sept. 1 to July 1 the cutoff date for when a child must be a certain age before being...

April 20, 2017

Commentary: How much poverty budgeting will West Va. take?
By Rick Wilson, for The Charleston Gazette editorial page

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about how the website WalletHub came up with a list of the best and worst places for millennials to live. It’s no surprise that West Virginia came out on the bottom. But, as my friend Stephen Smith wrote with Pastor Mason Ballard in a Gazette-Mail op-ed online, it’s the best state to come to, if you want to make a...

April 24, 2017

Finalists named in Cabell County superintendent search
By WV MetroNews Staff

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Members of the Cabell County Board of Education have named three finalists in their search for a new school superintendent.

The board announced Friday Hampshire County Superintendent Jeffrey Crook, Cabell County Schools federal programs director Kelly Daniels and former West Virginia Department of Education administrator Ryan Saxe were chosen from an original...