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Letter to Boone County educators, BCEA members

The BCEA's Jerry Pcholinsky and WVEA Organizational Development Specialist Michael Hennessey have written a letter to educators in Boone County in the wake of the county's unprecedented budget and payroll problems.

Read the letter...


Measure to help Boone schools remains up in the air
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Legislature passed a budget Thursday night but never took up a request added to the agenda by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to give $2.1 million to the Boone County school system to finish the current year.

The Boone County system has lost $9.3 million in property tax revenue in recent months because of the collapse of the coal industry, mainly linked...


Legislature passes budget, takes $245 million in one-time funds
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Unable to pass tax increases or make major cuts in government spending, the West Virginia Legislature amended and passed a budget bill Thursday evening that uses $245 million in Rainy Day reserve funds and one-time money to close a $270 million gap in the 2016-17 state budget.

The bill (HB 101) passed the Senate on a party-line 18-16 vote. Later...


Senate, House pass budget, leave Charleston for now
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Legislature went home Thursday night after passing a budget bill that many are predicting will be vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The bill fills a projected $270 million revenue hole mostly with $122 million in spending cuts and $182 million from the state’s Rainy Day fund. Lawmakers rejected the governor’s tax increase proposals that would...


Boone schools want payroll money from the state
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Boone County Schools’ departing superintendent, who said early last month that “I have every expectation, and no expectation otherwise, that we will be meeting payroll,” didn’t rule out Wednesday the possibility that school workers would miss paychecks if lawmakers don’t soon approve giving $2.2 million more to the school system.

“I anticipate no problem in meeting...