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April-10-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Phares said he’s looking at the state Secondary Schools Activities Commission’s proposal to expand summer athletic practices from several different viewpoints.

“I’m not going to answer it just as a state superintendent but also as a former teacher, a former coach, former high school principal and a former local superintendent,” he told MetroNews Thursday during a break in the state...

April-09-2014

By Brandi Underwood 
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter

The Fayette County Board of Education met in regular session Monday to discuss items ranging from student accomplishments to salary changes for school principals.

Beginning the meeting, several students from Collins Middle School’s marketing class were recognized by the board for their accomplishments at a recent state competition.

Collins Middle School is currently the only middle school participating in the...

April-09-2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer  
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register  
 
Marshall County students and teachers will see two extra days off Thanksgiving break for the beginning of hunting season next year after the the Marshall County Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the calendar at its Tuesday meeting.

The change was made after a recent public meeting in which several Cameron residents expressed concern about keeping school open on the first day of...

April-08-2014

West Virginia lawmakers took some important steps for teachers during this year’s regular legislative session.

During a tight budget year, legislators and Gov. Tomblin recognized teachers and service employees were in need of a pay increase. I commend them for taking this first step to getting West Virginia teachers on the path to competitive pay.

But perhaps even more important than the $1,000 pay raise for teachers and 2 percent increase for service professionals is goal...

April-08-2014

By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette 

Top education officials are dispelling rumors that they’re interested in becoming West Virginia’s next superintendent of schools, including outgoing School Building Authority Director Mark Manchin and members of the state Board of Education, tasked with choosing the superintendent.

Last week, Superintendent Jim Phares announced his plans to retire this summer — an expected move, since the Board of Education said he would serve in...

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