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PEIA mess took a long time to create
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

As the Public Employees Insurance Agency embarks on a series of what are sure to be contentious public hearings this month over plans to cut insuree benefits by more than $120 million, a number of readers have asked how the state-run health insurance plan got in such a mess.

Suffice to say, it didn’t happen overnight.

PEIA hasn’t had a premium increase since the 2012-13 budget...


Boone County looks to close one-third of its elementary schools
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

MADISON, W.Va. — Three small elementary schools in Boone County will be the subject of separate school closing hearings this month.

Plans are to close Wharton, Nellis and Jeffrey-Spencer schools because of an eroding tax base and reduced enrollment, Boone County School Superintendent John Hudson said.

Most of the financial problems are connected to the...


Monongalia, Ohio county school test scores best in state
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Monongalia and Ohio were the top-scoring counties, and Barbour, Logan and McDowell were the bottom-scoring counties in math and English/language arts last school year on West Virginia’s new Common Core-aligned standardized test.

Kanawha County ranked No. 14 in math and No. 27 in English, while Putnam County ranked third in math and seventh in English. A...


SBA adds Fayette plan back to Nov. 9 agenda
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state School Building Authority placed reconsideration of the Fayette County CEFP (Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan) Amendment back on its agenda for the authority’s Nov. 9 meeting.

Mountain State Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of Fayette County against the School Building Authority earlier this month.

The lawsuit claimed, “…that the...


Commentary: The untenable situation with Fayette County schools
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano has visited over 200 of our schools since he took the job just over one year ago. He’s been to 46 of the state’s 55 counties, including Fayette County twice.

When asked to describe conditions at some of the Fayette County schools, he uses one word: Deplorable.

Martirano is not being hyperbolic.  Fayette...