May 2017

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May 3, 2017

Boone school board cuts 58 positions
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

FOSTER — Boone County’s school board on Monday voted to eliminate the equivalent of 58 positions for next school year.

Boone schools Superintendent Jeff Huffman said the public school system’s revenue is expected to drop about $5 million from this fiscal year to next fiscal year. Each fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30, so each contains a single school year.

In February...

May 3, 2017

Governor, Senate and House all at odds over budget plans
By Lacie Pierson, Herald- Dispatch

CHARLESTON — The 134 members of the 83rd West Virginia Legislature are preparing to return to Charleston for a special session Thursday with the goal of leaving the state capital with a resolution for fiscal year 2018.

The special session will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, three weeks after Democrat Gov. Jim Justice vetoed a budget bill passed by the Republican...

May 3, 2017

Officers re-elected; Executive Committee members elected and top awards handed out during WVEA’s annual Delegate Assembly
WVEA Communications Division

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Education Association held its annual Delegate Assembly April 28-30 in Charleston and re-elected President Dale Lee and Vice President Wayne Spangler to new three-year terms.

Lee is a special education math teacher on leave from Princeton High School to serve as WVEA...

May 4, 2017

Martirano becomes acting superintendent of Maryland school district
By WV MetroNews Staff

COLUMBIA, Md. — Former West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano started Wednesday as the acting superintendent of the Howard County Public School System in Maryland.

Howard County is located southwest of Baltimore.

Martirano served as statewide superintendent from September 2014 to March 2017, when he was replaced by former state...

May 8, 2017

Greenbrier County Schools looks to take advantage of additional instructional minutes
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — One of the biggest supporters of a new state law that will allow county school systems to add instructional minutes to their school days and count those minutes during snow days is Greenbrier County, but additional minutes isn’t a new thing, according to Greenbrier County School Superintendent Jeff Bryant.

“We’ve been...

May 8, 2017

Hearing Monday in suit to block Nicholas County school closings
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nicholas County school board members say they did attend meetings with Federal Emergency Management Agency employees outside of publicly noticed open board meetings, according to transcripts of their depositions.

A judge may rule Monday on whether the board broke state open meetings law through these gatherings or other means. The depositions were taken as...

May 12, 2017

New Superintendent hopes to use prior experience in Gilmer County to solve problems in Randolph County
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

ELKINS, W.Va. — In the middle of declining revenue and population, staffing cuts, and the looming threat of a state takeover, the Randolph County Board of Education is hoping their choice for the county’s next Superintendent of schools will right the ship.

But that won’t be easy–and Gabriel Devono knows that.


May 12, 2017

West Virginia first-grader brings unloaded handgun to school
The Associated Press

STONEWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are investigating after a first-grader brought an unloaded handgun to school in Harrison County.

Harrison County school Superintendent Mark Manchin told The Exponent Telegram in Clarksburg that the girl apparently brought the gun to show classmates at Norwood Elementary....

May 15, 2017

Policy makes sexual assaults difficult to track in WV schools
Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette-Mail

When K-12 school officials in West Virginia learn a student may have been sexually assaulted at school, officials at the Department of Education lump those reports in with other reports of bullying and harassment, making it nearly impossible to know how many sexual assaults there are each year.

West Virginia was one of just 10 states that didn’t keep records...

May 16, 2017

2 top WV Ed Department leaders exit
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s deputy state schools superintendent is retiring at the end of this month, and state Superintendent Steve Paine has eliminated the position of his chief of staff, who resigned last month.

Both women had been in their roles for about two years.

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May 16, 2017

Legislature returns to consider budget but bill still isn’t ready
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate and House of Delegates adjourned Monday without the introduction of a bill meant to form the foundation of a budget for the coming fiscal year.

That was after the Justice administration issued a memo warning state agencies to start preparing for a budget shutdown and also after submitting a bill allowing furloughs of state...

May 16, 2017

Justice administration tells cabinet secretaries to start preparing for shutdown
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice is already telling his cabinet secretaries to start preparing for the possibility of a government shutdown.
Nick Casey, chief of staff for the governor, sent a memo this afternoon labeled: “Operating with No Budget on July 1.”

“In an abundance of caution, you need to start developing a contingency plan...