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Boone schools considering consolidation
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Boone County’s cash-strapped public school system, which closed three elementary schools at the end of last school year, posted notices Friday for a public hearing on a proposed closure of Whitesville Elementary.

The hearing is planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the school, located on W.Va. 3/Boone Street in the town of Whitesville.

Whitesville’s students would be...


PEIA board takes another troubling proposal out to public hearings
By WVEA Communications staff

Active state employees could face $25 million in benefit cuts and retirees face about $17 million in cuts to PEIA in the coming year.

The PEIA Finance Board voted Thursday to take a draft of a fiscal year 2018 plan out on public comment next month.

This is another unacceptable proposal that solely burdens employees, retirees and their families with the...


State board changes science testing grades, sets A-F cut scores
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to change the grade levels in which public school students take end-of-year science standardized tests and set cut scores to determine the broader grades for entire schools in the upcoming A-F accountability system.

Board members approved both moves in voice votes with no nays heard. Of the nine...


State Board of Education makes changes to science test administration
By WVEA Communications staff

The general science assessment that has been administered in grade 4 will be administered to fifth-grade students this spring, and the science assessment previously administered in grade 6 will be given to eighth graders in the spring. Students in 10th grade will continue to take the high school general science assessment in that grade.

The state Board of...


Democratic candidate for auditor wants biweekly pay survey
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

If elected, the Democratic candidate for West Virginia auditor said Tuesday she would commission a survey of state employees about the state’s ongoing switch to a new payroll system.

After a change to a 26-week pay-period system, most state workers receive their paychecks every two weeks instead of twice a month. Many employees have grumbled they’re being...