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February-17-2014

By Kennie Bass 
Eyewitness News/WCHS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Contending the state board needs dedicated staffers to help members craft statewide policy, a director of operations and a full-time lawyer are now on the board's payroll, to the tune of $191,000. Despite the fact the state Department of Education already has two full-time lawyers making $185,000 that have always been at the board's disposal.

"She's (a lawyer) hired by the Department of Education," Gayle Manchin,...

February-17-2014

The Associated Press 

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Education says county school districts should have more control over how their state funding is spent.

A decades-old funding formula determines how much state funding each county system gets annually and how this funding is spent.

Last week, the state board voted to ask the Legislature to consider allowing counties to use up to 10 percent of their state school funding however they choose, the Charleston...

February-17-2014

By Bill Archer 
Bluefield Daily Telegraph 

WELCH — In spite of all of the weather related challenges during the past several days, the McDowell County Board of Education Additional Levy passed Saturday on a 757-57 vote. McDowell County voters have approved the additional levy for 72 consecutive years. McDowell citizens voted to continue the levy until 2018.

It wasn’t an easy proposition this year due to the foot of snow that blanketed the region on Thursday, making travel...

February-14-2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education says buying supplies in bulk helped county school systems save more than $2.2 million in 2013.

The board learned this week that the state's eight Regional Education Service Agencies made the savings possible through a cooperative service agreement in place since 2011.

The agreement allows counties to buy instructional supplies and school-related necessities such as custodial supplies at a...

February-14-2014

By The Inter-Mountain

The School of Education at Wesleyan will be hosting West Virginia's 2014 Teacher of the Year, Erin Sponaugle.

She will be speaking at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Erin, a fifth grade teacher in Berkeley County, is a 10-year veteran of the teaching profession and currently works at Tomahawk Intermediate School Middle School in Berkeley County.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary...

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