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School damage reports changing rapidly; start times may be pushed back
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State school leaders are taking post-flood procedures day by day and assessment by assessment.

Damage has been reported in schools in 25 of the state’s 55 counties.

“I’m hopeful, but in some cases we’re very concerned about the severe damage,” said West Virginia Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

Tuesday morning he was...


25 schools reportedly damaged by flood, storm
By David Gutman and Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

At Herbert Hoover High School near Clendenin, 3 to 5 inches of mud still coated the entire first floor Monday, an unwelcome gift left by 6 feet of flood water that swamped the school and may prevent it from starting classes on time next school year.

About 5 miles down the road, at Bridge Elementary School in Elkview, the flood filled the school with 3...


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...