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Kanawha school start date survey sees high number of responses
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

An online voting survey on the school start date in Kanawha County has seen several thousand responses, too many to be plausible according to the district’s superintendent.

Dr. Ron Duerring said the input on the survey, which was launched Sept. 16 and has four options, possibly will have to be altered.

“We’ve not done anything like this before, but we...


Mary C. Snow principal wants off year-round calendar; calls scores tragic
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The new principal of Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary said Monday she’d like for the high-poverty area school to get off the year-round calendar.

Cheryl Plear said she had about 320 students show up to the Charleston school on its actual first day, July 12, but about a hundred more showed up about three weeks later, on Aug. 8, the date...


Boone cuts mean some students don't have science textbooks
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The budget cuts that slashed Boone County public school employees’ pay and benefits this school year have also meant many Boone students don’t have science textbooks. Boone Assistant Superintendent Lisa Beck said the public school system got rid of its over-a-decade-old science books around the end of last school year.

“In the end of May and the first of...


Report shows increase in child victims served at WV Child Advocacy Centers
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

Child Advocacy Centers in West Virginia have served more than 3,500 children in last year, which is a 50 percent increase in the last five years, according to a report released by the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network.

“I don’t think that it means there’s more child abuse in West Virginia, but rather that Child Advocacy Centers are beginning to...


WV has second-highest student loan default rate in nation
by Jake Jarvis, WV Gazette-Mail

Of the more than 57,000 West Virginians who started to repay their federal student loans in the 2012-13 fiscal year, 8,035 have since fallen into default, according to data released this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

West Virginia's 16.2 percent rate of students defaulting is the second highest in the nation, although the state's rate actually fell from last year's...