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Senate approves Cedar Lakes' privatization

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Senate has passed legislation to allow Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley to become a for-profit business outside the scope of the State Board of Education.

The bill passed Thursday allows Cedar Lakes Conference Center to set salaries of its employees. In the past, the minimum salary requirements for school service personnel have applied to the center's employees.

Sen. Mitch Carmichael said last year's education audit indicated the center, which organized recreation and educational opportunities for Future Farmers and Future Homemakers of America, no longer fit under the education board's scope.

He said it was a shame to see it divested from the state but looks forward to it being viable in the private sector.

The bill now goes to the governor.


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