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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...

January 22, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With the recent water crisis, and snow days piling up, most Kanawha County students' last day will now be May 23 -- a week longer than originally planned, and the latest the school year can legally extend.

"If we have any more snow days, we'll be in trouble," Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring said Tuesday. School was canceled Tuesday because of snow, following six days without school because a...

January 22, 2014

By Lydia Nuzum

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County Schools has exhausted its allotted number of make-up days for the current school year, after the recent chemical spill and harsh winter weather prompted extended school closings. 

The school system used its last make-up day Tuesday. According to Putnam County Schools superintendent Chuck Hatfield, he and other superintendents whose districts were affected by the chemical spill met in Charleston Friday with state superintendent Jim...

January 23, 2014

By Roger Adkins
The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The Harrison County Board of Education voted 4-1 Tuesday not to renew the contract of Superintendent Susan Collins.

Board member Doug Hogue was the sole dissenting voice in the vote during a board meeting at the central offices on E.B. Saunders Way.

Board president Mike Queen, Vice President Dave Sturm, Board member Allen Gorrell and board member Gary Hamrick all voted not to renew Collins’ contract, which...

January 23, 2014

By Beth Christian Broschart, Staff Writer 
The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - A delegation comprised of Randolph County high school principals asked members of the county Board of Education Monday to allow schools to continue offering modified block scheduling.

Group members including Steve Wamsley, principal of Tygarts Valley High School, said changing high school schedules to seven or eight periods a day would cause many problems, including the potential for more students...

January 24, 2014

By Jennifer Smith
MetroNews

The state School Building Authority approved final funding Thursday for a 10-year, five-school deal, in McDowell County.

In 2004, the SBA set aside $100-million as part of a long-term school system improvement plan with the federal government and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers that went toward construction of much needed, new buildings.

“We built a new Riverview High School. We built a new Bradshaw Elementary, a new Southside Middle School...

January 24, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No clean water has meant no school for students across several West Virginia districts in recent weeks, and for some, no school also meant no food.

"That's why every provision has been made to adjust menus to use filtered, packaged water to prepare a quality hot meal -- instead of just serving cold lunches -- for the hardest hit, who really need a nutritious meal now," said Diane Miller, executive director of...

January 24, 2014

By Shay Maunz
Charleston Daily Mail Staff

CHARLESTON, WV -- They're back.

After a solid month in which they spent only three days in school — first because of Christmas break, then winter weather conditions and a chemical leak that tainted the region's drinking supply — Kanawha County students are finally back in school, after a two-hour delay.

In all, 12 days of school have been canceled so far this year — a drastic increase over a typical year. Last year Kanawha...

January 24, 2014

By Joselyn King, Staff Writer 
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ohio County Board of Education President James Jorden says he opposes raising levy rates for the school district, but he also wants more information before deciding whether existing rates should be lowered.

Jorden responded during Thursday's board meeting to comments made this week by Ohio County Assessor Kathie Hoffman, who said the tax values on 5,800 properties in the county will increase 10...

January 27, 2014

By Douglas Imbrogno
The Sunday Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Textbooks were famously a line in the sand in culture wars that shook Kanawha County in the early 1970s. Trey Kay documented "The Great Textbook War," the title of his award-winning public radio documentary about the subject, which was honored with the Peabody, Murrow and duPont awards.

Textbooks remain a flashpoint for all kinds of cultural and social issues and Kay is back with a new radio documentary, "...

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