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By Jessica Farrish 
Register-Herald Reporter

An agreement signed Tuesday between New River Community and Technical College and the West Virginia Department of Education is expected to be a first step in making the transition from high school to college more seamless, officials said Tuesday.

The “memorandum of understanding” signed by New River President Dr. L. Marshall Washington and Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, WVDE associate superintendent, at the Advance Technology Center in...


By Mackenzie Mays 
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After more than eight hours in private session interviewing three top finalists on Tuesday, the state Board of Education voted to extend its deadline for hiring a new state superintendent of schools.

The board announced that it will not meet its original July 1 deadline — which is when Superintendent Jim Phares will officially retire — and voted to hire Deputy Superintendent Chuck Heinlein to serve in the...


By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is waiting for the governor to fill a seat that’s been vacant for more than a year.

Priscilla Haden, a Republican from the 2nd Congressional District, resigned in December 2012 following the board’s firing of former Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple. About a month later, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin replaced another board member who resigned, Jenny Phillips, appointing Tina Combs, executive director of...


By Mackenzie Mays

West Virginia Board of Education members have narrowed the pool of candidates for the next state superintendent of schools down to three individuals, but they’re not making that list public.

In a statement Tuesday, the board said that it does not plan to release the names of the finalists in order to protect their privacy, but said it is “more than willing” to conduct public interviews if candidates so choose.

“The board acknowledges the new state...


By Mackenzie Mays, Staff writer Charleston Gazette

State education officials want to see more community schools implemented in West Virginia. 

The community school model partners public schools with nonprofit organizations and local businesses to create a sort of hub that fosters student achievement by combating issues such as poverty and health care access.

State and national education officials met in Charleston on Tuesday at the KidStrong Conference alongside health...