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SBA: Fayette building needs too great; kids' education suffering
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

OAK HILL — West Virginia School Building Authority officials have told Fayette County Capital Planning Committee members that the SBA can’t afford to fix all the county’s school buildings, that students, staff and resources are spread thin among facilities and that kids’ education is suffering because of it.

“Deferred maintenance and upkeep has...


PEIA Finance Board approves new FY 17 plan
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board approved a plan Thursday to reduce the premium increase for retirees from 12 percent to 6 percent.

State employees insured with PEIA would still have to pay the 12 percent increase included in the new state budget signed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin last week.

Tomblin proposed the supplemental...


PEIA board re-approves plan with premium increases
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

PEIA finance board members on Thursday approved what could be called 2016-17 PEIA Finance Plan version 4.0.

Last October, with its reserve fund emptied and seemingly no likelihood of additional state funding, the board reluctantly approved what became known as the “draconian” plan to cut benefits for active West Virginia government employees and retirees by $120...


Kanawha first in state to start school this year
Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette

Kanawha County Schools will be the first public school system in West Virginia to call students back to class for the upcoming school year, according to a state Department of Education report.

For the vast majority of Kanawha schools, students are supposed to return Aug. 8. The next earliest start date is Aug. 10, when students in both Braxton and Mercer counties are to return to...


WV Center for Professional Development survives budgeting process
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

A state-funded professional training center begins a three-day conference Monday in Charleston just days after it faced possible elimination in the state budgeting process.

Funding had been stripped away from the West Virginia Center for Professional Development (WVCPD) in the budget plans that were going back and forth between Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state...