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PEIA to consider public comments following series of hearings
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Board members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency will spend the next few weeks reviewing public comments before taking a vote on a plan involving proposed benefit reductions for state workers and retirees.

Those comments came from a series of pubic hearings held across West Virginia this month. The final meeting was Thursday night at...


PEIA to hold last public hearing on changes at UC
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The University of Charleston will be the site for the last of four public hearings the state Public Employees Insurance Agency’s Finance Board has been hosting across the state in connection with proposed benefit reductions for state workers and retirees.

The final meeting in the series is Thursday at 6 p.m.

Hearings were held in Martinsburg,...


FEMA commits to replacing five schools destroyed in June flood
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

Nearly five months after the June Flood, state officials have a commitment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for rebuilds of five schools heavily damaged in the storm and its aftermath.

The schools that will be relocated are Herbert Hoover High School and Clendenin Elementary School in Kanawha County and Richwood High School and Richwood Middle School...


School A-F grades vary greatly in some counties
By Sarah Plummer, The Register-Herald

The release of the newly implemented West Virginia Department of Education A-F accountability rating revealed disparity among schools in many counties.

For instance, in Nicholas County alone, Mt. Nebo Elementary recieved an A while Dixie Elementary an F.

Most counties with schools that received an F, like Fayette and Raleigh counties, also saw a swath of Bs, Cs...


State unveils A-F grades for schools
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

After delays that officials attributed to standardized test and federal school accountability changes, the West Virginia Board of Education Wednesday finally fully answered Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s request in his January 2014 State of the State address for it to establish an A-F grading system for entire schools.

The state school board’s vote to approve the school ratings was 7...