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Jim Justice and Mitch Carmichael trade shots over state budget, already
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Shots fired.

With Governor-elect Jim Justice’s inauguration still to come on Jan. 16 and the state Legislature gaveling in late this year on Feb. 8, Justice and new Senate President Mitch Carmichael...


Gilmer board to regain control Monday; 2 board members resigned
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

GLENVILLE — Gilmer County’s locally elected school board will at least nominally regain control of the county’s public school system Monday, but two of the five board members have called it quits.

Board members Carl Armour, Norma Hurley and Robert Minigh voted Thursday to approve the memorandum of understanding the state Board of Education required...


Kanawha schools' social media policy may influence Wayne
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Wayne County’s school board is considering creating a social media policy, and the lawyer drafting it says she’s looking at the version Kanawha County’s school board has been considering as an example to possibly follow.

But attorney Leslie Tyree, who provides legal services for Wayne and the five other county public school systems in Regional Education...


Idled mining equipment tax change could hurt school, government budgets
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The director of West Virginia’s Property Tax Division decreased the statewide taxed percentage of the value of temporarily idled coal mining equipment, a change that could drop funding for local government entities like cities, county commissions and public school systems.

But it was unclear last week exactly how large the statewide funding...


Jackson County school is caring for students when addicted parents can't
By Lisa Stark, Education Week
(For PBS Newshour)

In opioid-stricken West Virginia, this school is taking on the role of parent. Lisa Stark of Education Week visits Cottageville Elementary, where students often lack food, clothes and transportation because of drug-addicted parents. In addition to increasing communication with local law enforcement, the school has created a mentor...