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Jane Marks

Jane Marks, state volunteer president of AARP-West Virginia, gives a presentation to the Senate Workforce Committee on the shortage of direct-care workers in West Virginia.

CHARLESTON — The plan to fill the gap in direct-care workers involves a familiar concept — bringing retirees back into the workforce.

West Virginia has a shortage of teachers and service personnel, particularly, bus drivers. County boards of education have been petitioning the West Virginia Board of Education to incentivize retired teachers back into the classroom, and a bill before the Legislature supports putting retired bus drivers back behind the wheel.

Roger Adkins covers politics for HD Media. He can be reached at 304-348-4814 or email radkins@hdmediallc.com. Follow him on Twitter @RadkinsWV

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