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Idled mining equipment tax change could hurt school, government budgets
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The director of West Virginia’s Property Tax Division decreased the statewide taxed percentage of the value of temporarily idled coal mining equipment, a change that could drop funding for local government entities like cities, county commissions and public school systems.

But it was unclear last week exactly how large the statewide funding...


Jackson County school is caring for students when addicted parents can't
By Lisa Stark, Education Week
(For PBS Newshour)

In opioid-stricken West Virginia, this school is taking on the role of parent. Lisa Stark of Education Week visits Cottageville Elementary, where students often lack food, clothes and transportation because of drug-addicted parents. In addition to increasing communication with local law enforcement, the school has created a mentor...


WVU expert believes state’s out-migration has hit bottom
By Jeff Jenkins, WV Metronews

The director of the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research believes the significant out-migration of West Virginia residents has bottomed out.

During an appearance Wednesday on MetroNews “Talkline,” John Deskins predicted the population decline is coming to an end.

“The numbers indicate the severe recession that we suffered 2015 through early 2016 has ended...


Audit: Wayne school system broke policies, faces budget issues 
By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Wayne County’s school board president and its former public schools treasurer are each suggesting the other is trying to deflect scrutiny in the wake of a state Office of Education Performance Audit that says the public school system violated state Board of Education finance policies and saw the cost of its locally funded employees increase more than $1.4...


State BOE to discuss superintendent search in the new year
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education plans to discuss the search for a new state school superintendent in the New Year.

Mike Green, president of the state school board, told MetroNews the board will meet soon to discuss those plans following the resignation of current Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

“We’ll surely be meeting over the...