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June-09-2014

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-06-2014

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-05-2014

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-04-2014

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-04-2014

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...

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