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June 3, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

Every middle and high school student in Kanawha County will have access to an iPad starting this fall.

The Kanawha County Board of Education approved the school system’s Learning 20/20 plan on Monday, which will provide a slew of Apple products to students, teachers and principals across the county during the 2014/15 school year, in addition to extensive professional development for teachers on how to use the technology to enhance...

June 3, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
Staff Writer

Students at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind left class in protest on Monday to fight a new policy that requires on-campus caretakers to obtain degrees, and could ultimately push out school employees who have worked closely with the students for years.

In March, the state Board of Education approved a plan that will require the school’s 35 “dorm parents” – caretakers who provide basic assistance for deaf and blind students...

June 4, 2014

By Jessica Farrish 
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Raleigh County Board of Education member Sally Susman announced her resignation Tuesday in a letter that was to be e-mailed to BOE President Rick Snuffer, according to her son, Tom Susman.

In a copy of the letter given to The Register-Herald, Susman wrote, “I have been honored to serve on the Raleigh County Board of Education.

“However, as a result of health reasons, I am resigning from the Raleigh County Board...

June 4, 2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

Child care givers at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind fear they could lose their job when new education requirements go into effect in July 2015. Earlier this week, more than a dozen students at the schools walked out of class and picketed, holding signs demanding they be allowed to keep their care takers.

“They are their moms and pops when they are there at school. They’re the ones that meet them when school is over....

June 4, 2014

By The Associated Press

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A former Clarksburg police officer has asked the West Virginia Ethics Commission to determine whether police officers can serve on county school boards.

Michael Daugherty resigned from the Police Department after his election to the Harrison County Board of Education was questioned. Following the May election, the current school board hired an outside attorney, Charles Bailey, and went to court to request a declaratory judgment on the...

June 5, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

A recent West Virginia Supreme Court decision could allow local school boards more authority to discipline school employees for misconduct that occurs outside the classroom.

Last week, following an incident at Riverside High School where a baseball coach allegedly hit a player during practice but was not fired from his teaching job at the school, Kanawha County school board members voiced concerns over a state law that provides...

June 6, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
Staff Writer

The West Virginia Board of Education is one step closer to naming the next state superintendent of schools.

Ray and Associates Inc. -- the national education search firm hired by the board -- “engaged with” 248 individuals regarding the position, according to a Department of Education statement on Thursday.

The statement didn’t clarify what the board meant by “engaged with.”

The board met with Ray and Associates, which it is...

June 9, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

State School Board President Gayle Manchin is confident that the board’s recent controversial past has not prevented interested candidates from applying to become the state’s next superintendent – in fact, it may have even attracted more.

“I’m sure any candidate has Googled it and knows, but there has been great interest. People realize there’s opportunity to work in a state that truly is trying to transform education and improve...

June 9, 2014

The Associated Press

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia Ethics Commission says police officers can't serve on county boards of education.

An advisory opinion issued by the commission says police officers already hold a public office, based on relevant case law.

Former Clarksburg police officer Michael Daugherty requested the advisory opinion. He resigned from the police department after his election to the Harrison County Board of Education was questioned.

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June 10, 2014

By The Associated Press  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A federal program that provides free meals to lower-income children during the summer will kick off in West Virginia this week.

The Summer Food Service Program provides funds to county school boards and other nonprofit organizations to provide meals to children 18 years and under.

Feeding sites include schools, churches, pools, parks, housing complexes and summer camps.

The West Virginia Department of Education’s...

June 17, 2014

By David Gutman, Staff writer

The Hurricane High School Redskins just won the state championship in baseball. Despite the national controversy over the Washington Redskins mascot, Putnam County superintendent Chuck Hatfield said he’s never heard a complaint about the high school’s mascot in his 41 years working in the schools.

After Hurricane High School won the state baseball championship last week, the front page of the next day’s Gazette-Mail featured a picture of their...

June 18, 2014

By Mackenzie Mays, Staff writer Charleston Gazette

State education officials want to see more community schools implemented in West Virginia. 

The community school model partners public schools with nonprofit organizations and local businesses to create a sort of hub that fosters student achievement by combating issues such as poverty and health care access.

State and national education officials met in Charleston on Tuesday at the KidStrong Conference alongside health...

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