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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,...

February 7, 2014

By Lacie Pierson
The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County students spend much of their formative years studying the linguistic styles of such figures starting with the likes of Dr. Seuss and Raffi all the way through to Shakespeare and U.S. presidents.

However, there's one prominent figure within the borders of Cabell County who seems to have captured the attention of students, as well as their parents and teachers, throughout the county with one simple phrase....

February 7, 2014

By WTRF.com

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. - Ohio County Schools will conduct hearings in the coming weeks, looking for input from community members on the school system's academic calendar.

These are a pair of public hearings regarding the 2014-2015 academic year.

Ohio County Schools superintendent, Dianna Vargo said the hearings will give community members a chance to be more actively involved in planning the calendar and give them the chance to get their questions answered.

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February 7, 2014

By Shay Maunz and Marcus Constantino
Charleston Daily Mail Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three schools in Charleston closed early Thursday after chemical odors were detected in the schools' tap water.

Overbrook Elementary in South Hills closed at noon. West Side schools Watts Elementary and J.E. Robins Elementary dismissed at 11:30 a.m. 10 a.m., respectively.

Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring said the schools were closed because of a licorice-like...

February 7, 2014

By Michael Erb
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - Residents, students and parents wanting to comment on the Wood County Schools calendar process have a few more days to take an online survey.

The survey will be active through Sunday and takes only a few minutes to complete.

A change in state law will change how school systems create calendars. Under the new law all school systems are required to provide 180 days of instruction, must have a plan in place to...

February 10, 2014

By WVEA Communications Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fifty county boards of education support the adoption of a multiyear salary increase for teachers and service personnel across West Virginia schools, and board members have signed resolutions pledging their support.

These resolutions, one piece of the West Virginia Education Association’s Competitive Pay Campaign, acknowledge that professional educators and service personnel are the most critical ingredient to providing West...

February 10, 2014

W.Va. receives $3 million School Improvement Grant
By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia is among six states to receive School Improvement Grants from the U.S. Department of Education.

The state will receive $3,177,082, which will be distributed to its lowest-performing schools.

Delaware, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, Virginia and the District of Columbia also will receive funding.

School Improvement Grants are...

February 10, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Board of Education members are wary of the idea of sponsoring another levy on behalf of the county's financially strapped library system.

The Kanawha County Public Library plans to again ask the school system to sponsor a levy on its behalf -- this time for library costs only. In November, voters overwhelmingly rejected a joint levy that would've brought in more than $24 million for schools and $...

February 10, 2014

By Katie Kuba, Upshur Bureau Chief
The Inter-Mountain

BUCKHANNON - Upshur County Board of Education members and Superintendent of Schools Roy Wager breathed a collective sigh of relief Saturday night at the Upshur County Courthouse upon learning that the excess levy had passed.

With all 29 precincts reporting, the levy renewal proposal passed by 416 votes, with 1,758 votes for the levy, or 56.71 percent, and 1,342 votes against the levy, or 43.29 percent.

"I'm...

February 11, 2014

By Joselyn King
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - People told Ohio County Board of Education members Monday night they "want their summers back," and they strongly oppose a year-round school calendar.

More than 200 concerned citizens turned out for a town hall meeting at Wheeling Park High School to discuss the school district's 2014 calendar, and most indicated they vehemently oppose sending children to school during warm weather months. School...

February 11, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 840 people have signed an online petition to get Kanawha County Schools to supply bottled water for students through the end of the school year.

But state officials can't say how long they'll be able to continue supplying packaged water to students.

The petition, created on the website MoveOn.org in response to last month's chemical leak, asks the state's largest school district to supply water...

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