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School design, construction doing more with less
By Ann Ali, Managing Editor, The State Journal

In the face of sweeping budget cuts, rising construction costs and increasing calls for technological upgrades and safety measures along with environmentally friendly designs, the School Building Authority continues to navigate the treacherous waters of school design and construction.

At Williamson Shriver Architects Inc., Ted Shriver said budgets have already...


Brooke County school nurses take action to counteract overdoses
By Kristine Varkony,

WELLSBURG, W.Va. - Brooke County has had 23 overdoses deaths between 2001 and 2014. That's the highest in the Northern Panhandle, and those high numbers are what is prompting Brooke County schools to do something previously unheard of in West Virginia: start stocking Naloxone, also known by its name brand Narcan, in case of a student overdose.
A waiver...


Fayette commission, parents file suit against the SBA
By Sarah Plummer, (Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

A lawsuit has been filed against the School Building Authority of West Virginia by Mountain State Justice Inc. on behalf of the Fayette County Commission and individual plaintiffs Shawna Sparks, Geoffrey Heeter and Fayette County Commissioner Matthew Wender.

The suit was filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

In a written statement Tuesday,...


Kessler tours Fayette schools same day SBA lawsuit is filed
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — The law firm Mountain State Justice filed a civil suit against the School Building Authority in Kanawha County Circuit Court on behalf of the Fayette County Commission and several other individual parties to find a legal remedy in the dispute between the Fayette County school system and the School Building Authority.

Fayette County...


Tax reform committee urged to raise tobacco taxes
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the state legislature’s Select Committee on Tax Reform heard several calls during a public hearing Tuesday to raise the state’s tobacco tax.

“A tax hike on cigarette taxes and other tobacco products is a no brainer,” West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee told the committee. “It would provide a much needed revenue boost when we are...