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February 3, 2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A chemical that spilled in the Elk River earlier this month is no longer detectable at five schools.

Water sample test results released last week showed crude MCHM was present at Andrew Heights Elementary, George Washington High School and John Adams Middle School in Kanawha County, Buffalo High School in Putnam County, H.E. White Elementary in Clay County and Lincoln County High School.

The West Virginia Department of...

February 3, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While access to preschool is one of the few, if not the only, aspect of West Virginia's education system that is ranked among the best in the nation, providing families access does not necessarily get kids into classrooms.

Enrolling children in pre-k is the next focus of a comprehensive program designed to overhaul and reform schools on Charleston's crime-ridden West Side.

The steering committee of the...

February 3, 2014

By Lacie Pierson 
The Herald-Dispatch

WAYNE -- A bond measure that would fund the cost of building two new schools and making significant renovations at another school will be on the agenda for approval from the Wayne County Board of Education this week.

Before the proposed bond election can be put on the Tuesday, May 13, primary election ballot, it first must be approved by board members during their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Wayne County Schools...

February 4, 2014

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In January, for the first time in the 2013-14 budget year, state tax collections came in ahead of estimates, state officials said Monday.

Collections of $391.71 million were $8.42 million ahead of projections for the month, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow said.

Most of that upturn was the result of timing, with $15 million of taxes due Dec. 31 being posted as January revenue, he said.

Total...

February 4, 2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Food costs have been eating the Department of Education’s lunch for years because almost all of the food purchased for schools comes from out of state.

The Commissioner of Agriculture wants to change that, and he thinks he can.

Walt Helmick told the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development that West Virginia grows $663 million in farm products, but consumes upwards of $7 billion. The biggest customer is the school system at...

February 5, 2014

By Jenni Vincent, Journal Staff Writer
The Journal

INWOOD - There was plenty of hard work - not to mention practice sessions - before Berkeley County students were selected to participate in this year's Math Field Day, so much so that teachers proudly consider this an academic event.

Perhaps no one knows that better than Anne Latskey, Berkeley County Schools math coordinator, who, along with other local educators, was busy Tuesday working with intermediate students (...

February 5, 2014

By Shauna Johnson
MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As state agencies face another round of budget cuts during the 2015 Fiscal Year, a resolution has been introduced in the Senate in defense of funding for higher education.

The proposed resolution, as written, recognizes that “any additional cuts to the funding for higher education institutions would be detrimental to the growth and the financial well-being of West Virginia.”

It continued, “Budgetary cuts to higher...

February 5, 2014

By Kristi Murphy
The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County school officials are in the process of developing the district's 2014-2015 school calendar that will include 10 days at the end of the school year that can be used if the district cancels more than seven days of school next year.

Assistant superintendent Dr. Jeff Smith gave a presentation at Tuesday evening's regular board meeting that highlighted the new regulations from the West Virginia Department of...

February 5, 2014

By WDTV

A former member of the Harrison County Board of Education is returning to serve again.

Chuck Reider will fill the remaining five months of Mike Queen's term. Queen resigned last month in order to run for State Senate. Reider previously served a four-year term on the board. He chose not to run for the board in the upcoming June election, but hopes his experience in personnel and budget matters will make a difference in the next five months. He will be sworn in at the...

February 5, 2014

By Lacie Pierson
The Herald-Dispatch

WAYNE -- Wayne County Schools Superintendent Lynn Hurt announced her retirement from the school system Tuesday evening at the Wayne County Board of Education meeting.

"It's just time," Hurt said to a meeting room full of citizens, who gave her a standing ovation at the end of her announcement. She'll leave the system at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

Hurt said she still will be completely dedicated to ensuring the...

February 6, 2014

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph
(Editorial)

Senate Majority Leader John Unger is carrying a bill that would require students to be physically active for at least 30 minutes each school day amid classes. A few of the well-intended ideas proposed in the measure include walking, jumping rope, playing soccer and taking the stairs. The goal is to simply ensure that students are physically active each day in school.

The proposal makes a lot of sense, and merits full discussion...

February 6, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays and Rachel Molenda
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As parents picked up their children from Midland Trail Elementary School and Riverside High School on Wednesday morning, they wondered -- some angrily -- why school officials would flush the school's water pipes while students are in the building.

"Flushing it while our students are coming to school or are at school is a lack of concern for their safety," said Amanda Legg, whose daughter,...

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