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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,...

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-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-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...

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