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January 10, 2014

But W,Va.’s public colleges still must make do with less

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register 

WHEELING - West Liberty University President Robin Capehart said he was pleased to hear that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is proposing that higher education won't take as hard a hit from state funding cuts.

A mid-year budget report released Jan. 2 shows the state's General Revenue Fund is $81.5 million behind on tax collections for the fiscal...

January 15, 2014

By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

CHARLESTON — Because teachers can see what their students need and how instruction should be delivered, one area board of education member says Innovation School District Zones will help students achieve more in the classroom.

Innovation Zones — school districts “seeking near autonomy” — involves how the district spends its money and how teachers use classroom resources, said Greg Prudich, vice-president of the West Virginia School...

January 15, 2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

The Marshall County Board of Education expects to begin asbestos testing for John Marshall High School next week in preparation for the building's renovation work.

The board Tuesday unanimously approved hiring Pinnacle Environmental Consultants Inc. of Hurricane, W.Va. for $30,790 to perform the tests. According to Superintendent Michael Hince, the board is required to have asbestos testing for older...

January 15, 2014

By Michael Erb, Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - The Wood County Board of Education has asked for a cost estimate on the upcoming search for a new superintendent.

West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director Howard O'Cull presented the school board with an overview of the process Monday night, leading the board through a 64-page document which gave examples of how other school systems had conducted similar searches.

O'Cull said the association...

January 15, 2014

By Jenni Vincent - The Journal Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG - Berkeley County Board of Education members honored one of their own Tuesday night, when they formally recognized Erin Sponaugle for having been named the 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Sponaugle, who teaches at Tomahawk Intermediate School, was also recognized last week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during his state of the state address.

During her visit to Charleston, Sponaugle received a new Toyota Prius to...

January 15, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- School administrators continued to wait Tuesday, as a return date for students in counties affected by last week's chemical spill rested in the hands of water company and health officials.

Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln and Boone counties and some schools in Fayette County are closed Wednesday for a fourth day after Thursday's do-not-use water advisory.

As of Tuesday evening, only 19 of the 69 schools in...

January 17, 2014

By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer, The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - Parents, students and staff will have the opportunity to offer input into setting the 2014-2015 Randolph County school calendar during a pair of public meetings.

Terry George, the Randolph County superintendent of schools, said the county Board of Education is looking for community input to help develop the calendar within the requirements set by Senate Bill 359, passed into law last spring.

"The...

January 17, 2014

By Jeff Schrock, Randolph, Tucker & Upshur County Reporter/Anchor
WBOY-TV

A Tucker County teacher has been selected as a "Solar System Ambassador Master Teacher" by NASA.

Eileen Poling is a teacher at Tucker Valley Elementary and is excited to take on the title.

Poling will serve for two years furthering NASA goals in providing quality professional development for teachers and creating learning opportunities to inspire students.

The Solar System...

January 17, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In some ways, Kanawha County students are better off than those in other counties forced to close schools due to last week's chemical spill, county officials say.

This was the first year the calendar ended the semester and wrapped up finals before students left for Christmas break, allowing students a fresh start and less catch-up, school board members said at a meeting Thursday.

Although opponents spoke...

January 21, 2014

By Warren Scott - Staff writer 
Weirton Daily Times

WELLSBURG - Just a day after the chemical spill that left thousands of southern West Virginia residents without water, a group of Brooke High School students organized a collection of bottled water, food and other supplies.

Through the help of several adult volunteers and the generosity of many area businesses, the effort yielded two large truckloads of materials for victims of the spill, Toni Shute, the school's...

January 21, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County students have missed six days because of the recent water contamination crisis. That left school officials one makeup day left before they would be forced to cut into the 180 days of required instructional time for students.

With several inches of snow forecast for Tuesday, local education leaders used that one remaining makeup day, making concerns about students' extended time out of class even...

January 21, 2014

By Tricia Lynn Strader, journal-news.net
The Journal (Martinsburg) 

BERKELEY SPRINGS - Three members of Morgan County Citizens Against the Levy group recently filed suit in Circuit Court of Morgan County against the Morgan County Board of Education.

Dorothea Jeannie Ford, Frieda Ickes and Kent "Brooks" McCumbee opposed the continuation of a special or excess levy in 2013, which was defeated May 11. The Morgan County Board of Education will present a new special levy...

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