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School Board Assoc. issues position paper on school reform

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia School Board Association (WVSBA), which represents the state’s 55 county boards of education and 275 elected county boards of education members, has forwarded a position paper regarding public education reform to state legislators and members of the West Virginia Board of Education. 

“In realizing our position paper to other public education interests and to the public in general, we encourage those reading the position paper to bear in mind the ideas we have developed are from local officials.

“For various reasons, our voice often seems muted in terms of public education reform discussions. This may be because we, as elected school board members, represent…

Chief judge, chief probation officer lobby commissioners again on space needs 


By SEÁN O'DONOGHUE 

Managing Editor 

HAMLIN - The ongoing discussion regarding space needs at the Lincoln County Courthouse continued at the May 16, 2019 regular session of the Lincoln County Commission in Hamlin. Chief Probation Officer Jerry Swanson, II, was joined by Chief Circuit Judge Jay Hoke for a discussion with the commissioners on the cramped conditions at the seat of county government.

“We need space,” Judge Hoke said opening his remarks. He further noted that new judicial system innovations and efforts to save on the jail bill mean that the courthouse has to deal with larger numbers of post-conviction individuals beyond the confines of jail or prison. In addition, the judge…