May 2017

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May 17, 2017

Fayette County school board approves closure, consolidation plan
By WV MetroNews staff

OAK HILL, W.Va. — The Fayette County Board of Education voted Tuesday to close seven schools over a two-year period, as well as reconfigure and consolidate the remaining schools for students and create a new institution.

The board voted 4-1, with board member Patsy Holliday voting against the measure recommended by Fayette County Schools Superintendent Terry George....

May 18, 2017

Support for WV budget proposal seems to be slipping away
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Lawmakers moved closer Wednesday to taking a second hiatus from the special legislative session on the 2017-18 West Virginia budget, as support for a Gov. Jim Justice/Senate compromise revenue plan continued to unravel on the session’s fifth day

.Despite a pep talk Tuesday from Justice on the Senate floor encouraging support for the revenue plan (Senate Bill 1007...

May 18, 2017

WV Board of Education criticized for limiting public comments
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Board of Education members received pushback Wednesday over their meeting agendas’ newly stated ban on members of the public speaking to the board at meetings about items not listed on the agendas, and the board’s president says he wants to stop the ban.

Board members also passed new operating procedures Wednesday that remove specific...

May 18, 2017

W.Va. students honored for Governor’s Workforce Credential
Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly 80 Career Technical Education students from across West Virginia have been recognized for earning the inaugural Governor’s Workforce Credential.

Students from 15 high schools were honored during a Wednesday ceremony at the state Captiol.

Governor Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff Nick Casey and West Virginia Superintendent of Schools...

May 19, 2017

Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice
By Emma Brown, Valerie Strauss and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post

Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $...

May 19, 2017

Boone, Calhoun school deficit plans approved
Jake Jarvis, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Board of Education members on Thursday unanimously approved plans for school boards in Boone and Calhoun counties to eliminate their deficits.

Both school systems have “casual deficits,” which is a recurring deficit or a deficit greater than 3 percent. Had board members not approved the deficit-reduction plans Thursday, they would have declared a state of...

May 19, 2017

State board plans to take up Nicholas request after court ruling
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education plans to have a special meeting in the coming weeks to discuss the Nicholas County school consolidation plan, the board said in a statement read at its meeting that was held Thursday in Charleston.

The Nicholas County BOE voted more than two months ago to change its school facilities plan to include the...

May 22, 2017

State school board president says board should take advantage of constitutional power
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Board of Education President Tom Campbell says he wants the state board to “seize” the authority given to it by the state Constitution.

With the swearing-in of two new board members last week, once again giving the board full membership, Campbell read a statement on what he hopes the new look board will do...

May 22, 2017

CPR training gets a boost in Jackson County
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

RIPLEY, W.Va. — “Jackson County just got a whole lot safer today.”  The words of Kevin Pauley of the American Heart Association as CPR training was held Monday for students about to graduate from Ripley and Ravenswood High Schools.

The training comes as a result of a generous donation by UniCare to provide more than 400 CPR kits to students in the county which are designed to help...

May 25, 2017

Legislature takes second hiatus as July 1 shutdown looms
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With the Senate and House of Delegates still seemingly miles apart on how to raise revenue to close a $260 million gap in the 2017-18 state budget, the Legislature agreed Wednesday to put the special session on a second hiatus — to June 5 — to allow time to try to work with Gov. Jim Justice to come up with a compromise.

The action Wednesday evening brought the...

May 26, 2017

Mercer cancels elementary Bible classes, adds optional high school course
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Mercer County’s school board has canceled Bible classes in its public elementary schools next school year, but it’s now adding a new, optional high school Bible course for next school year.

Deborah Akers, superintendent of Mercer’s public school system and president of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, said the current weekly...

May 26, 2017

“Rosies” honored at Charleston program
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If she had complied with the law, Anna Hess would likely not have worked for Mohawk Industries during World War II.

“I told a little white lie,” she said. “I went to work when I was 15 years old.”

Telling factory officials she was 18, Hess began building tire bands for trucks that would be used overseas by Allied troops.

Now 89, Hess was among 25 World...