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December-17-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Public Employees Insurance Agency’s plan for the coming year includes no rate increases and no benefit cuts, but the plan might have to dip into a Rainy Day Fund.

Lawmakers asked about what happens if that fund, which was established last year by Gov. Jim Justice and the Legislature, is spent down.

“I will be here asking for more revenue,” PEIA Director Ted Cheatham said, “or we’ll be...

December-16-2019

WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education has adopted changes to the standards for school board members, shifting more focus to student accountability.

The board last week approved new standards tied to two other policies on flexibility and accountability; Policy 2510 would give local schools more control over schedules and the credits needed to graduate, while Policy 2322 would establish goals focused on student outcomes....

December-12-2019

By WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday agreed to put two policy proposals giving counties additional flexibility up for public comment.

Policy 2510 will allow local schools to have more flexibility with scheduling as well as credits needed to graduate. Under the proposal, requirements across grade levels will be changed to allow schools to better address their needs.

For high school students, 10 credits are...

December-10-2019

By Jake Flatley, WV MetroNews

CLENDENIN, W.Va. — The Kanawha County Board of Education unanimously approved Lewis County based Doss Enterprises LLC’s $19.7 million bid for site preparation work on the new Herbert Hoover High School.

The 5-0 motion came Monday morning during a special session meeting to get the ball rolling on work in the Givens Fork area for the school destroyed in the June 2016...

December-06-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The PEIA Finance Board approved a plan for the coming fiscal year without increased costs or benefit cuts for the 220,000 workers who are insured, prompting a thank you from the leader of one of West Virginia’s teachers unions.

But Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, also urged the Public Employees Insurance Agency to continue to focus on financial stability into the future.

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