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WVEA comments to W.Va. Board of Education about Boone County
By WVEA Staff

WVEA Government Relations Specialist Davin White addressed the state Board of Education Wednesday regarding the serious financial situation in Boone County. Here are WVEA's comments:

Dr. Martirano, President Green, and members of the board, my name is Davin White and I am here to speak on behalf of the WVEA regarding the budget situation in Boone County.

We ask...


State Board of Education to consider Boone County Wednesday
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education could vote this week to take over Boone County’s public school system, now that Boone’s board has twice refused the state schools superintendent’s orders to make severe employee pay and benefit cuts and submit a “fiscally sufficient” budget for this fiscal and school year.

The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in...


Greenbrier principal hoping school year provides some relief after flooding
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

RUPERT, W.Va. — In a normal year, this is the time when Rupert Elementary School Principal Jenny Harden would be recharging her batteries for another school year.

“I would be normally playing with my two boys who are seven and twelve,” she said. “And I would be enjoying my farm.”

But this isn’t a normal year for the Nettie native. Flood...


State board member weighs in on Boone County budget issue
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

MADISON, W.Va. — A Boone County native and state school board member says she understands firsthand how the county school district is struggling, but also must pass a balanced budget for the coming school year.

“Being a former superintendent, I would say that you always have to balance your budget,” said Beverly Kingery, a lifelong county resident. “Sometimes it’s...


US study: WV should redirect some prison funding to schools
David Gutman, WV Gazette-Mail

Over nearly 35 years, West Virginia’s spending on jails and prisons has increased more than five times faster than its spending on K-12 public education, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education.

While every state’s corrections spending grew at a much faster rate from 1980 to 2013 than did its education spending, the disparity in West Virginia...