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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...


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 $...


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.




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.


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...