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WV officials unsure PEIA would benefit from privatization
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Privatization of West Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation insurance was successful, particularly in lowering employer premiums and increasing competition, Brickstreet Insurance CEO Greg Burton told legislators Tuesday.

Whether those successes would apply to privatization of the state Public Employees Insurance Agency health insurance remains to be seen, he...


Capital High closed for the week after high mold, C02 levels found
Ryan Quinn,  Charleston Gazette-Mail

Capital High will be closed the rest of the week after test results, received Monday, showed high levels of mold and carbon dioxide in a little less than a third of the school, said Kanawha County public schools Communications Director Briana Warner.

Warner said the goal is to reopen the school Monday, following cleaning from...


Jefferson County teacher named W.Va. Teacher of the Year
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

The West Virginia Department of Education announced Katlin Thorsell as the 2018 West Virginia Teacher of Year during a ceremony Monday at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.

Thorsell, 28, is in her fifth year of teaching Agriculture Education at Washington High School in Charles Town, where she also serves as National FFA Organization advisor.

She described...


Superintendent: failed school bond ‘very unfortunate’ for Ritchie County students
By Brittany Murray, WV Metronews

Officials in Ritchie County are feeling disappointed after the proposed $9.9 million school bond failed to pass Saturday, leaving the Board of Education questioning how to make up gaps in funding.

The unofficial numbers were 981 against and 778 in favor of its passing.

“What a missed opportunity to significantly help...


State goes with SAT for 11th grade testing
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

The state Department of Education has chosen the SAT as the statewide assessment it will give high school juniors each spring.

The bid from the The College Board, which administers the SAT, won out over a bid from the ACT, Department of Education Executive Director of Communications Kristin Anderson said.

“We’re going to have access to more resources at a lower cost,” Anderson...