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April 25, 2014

By Roger Adkins 
The Exponent-Telegram

CHARLESTON — The search for a new state superintendent of schools should start in West Virginia, according to several education officials in North Central West Virginia.

The West Virginia Board of Education is conducting a nationwide search for the person who will lead the state’s school system, though board members have said they won’t exclude candidates from West Virginia.

Dr. Mark Manchin is executive director of the School...

April 28, 2014

The Times West Virginian (editorial)

We’ve stressed many times over the years that strong education is critical to the economic health of West Virginia.

That applies to pre-kindergarten through high school, as well as higher education.

That’s why an upcoming hire of a new state superintendent of schools is vitally important.

West Virginia Superintendent James B. Phares, a former superintendent in Marion County, announced his retirement this month after only 15...

April 28, 2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is assembling a council of education and industry leaders to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities in West Virginia.

The panel formed Thursday aims to spur growth in STEM degree graduates over the next decade.

Tomblin said an education push will prepare for projects like a proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County. The initiative could require thousands of qualified workers...

April 29, 2014

By Jean Tarbett Hardiman 
The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON -- Wayne County Schools was approved Monday to receive $18 million from the West Virginia School Building Authority for new and renovated facilities, if the county's voters agree to provide a similar amount by approving a bond proposal on May 13.

The SBA funds would make up a portion of $42.2 million the county wants for school projects. Those include construction of a new Ceredo-Kenova Elementary School...

April 30, 2014

By Ben Adducchio 
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Editor's Note: WVPB begins a series of stories looking into the issue of how to keep young people in West Virginia. This came about as part of a special digital project undertaken at West Virginia Public Broadcasting over the past few months, WVNextIn6.

We asked you to tell us what’s next for West Virginia in six words or less. Several posts had the theme “Keep our Best and Brightest here.”

According to a recent...

April 30, 2014

By Marla Pisciotta 
Cumberland Times-News

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Although the West Virginia School Building Authority has declined to provide any funding to the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind to begin building new residential learning centers, SBA Executive Director Mark Manchin said construction plans are not ditched.

The 2014 proposal request was for $7.1 million with the WVSDB contributing another $750,000.

“I’m disappointed,” Lynn Boyer,...

May 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Elected representatives from across the state reaffirmed their commitment to competitive pay for teachers during the West Virginia Education Association’s 2014 Delegate Assembly on April 24-25 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

Delegates decided that the WVEA’s top legislative priority should continue to be a salary increase for teachers and other school employees.

This renewed focus follows legislation – which was sparked by the WVEA’s Competitive Pay...

May 1, 2014

By Casey Junkins, Staff Writer 
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

MOUNDSVILLE - The Marshall County Board of Education may forgo about $181 million worth of potential property tax revenue to attract a natural gas power plant, but Superintendent Michael Hince said this fact tells only a small portion of the economic impact story.

As Buffalo, N.Y.-based private developer Moundsville Power LLC hopes to raise $615 million to build a 549-megawatt plant on a 37.5-acre...

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