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August-21-2014

(News Release as appeared on WVVA.com)

PRINCETON, WV - (News Release)  Mercer County Schools' is elated to announce that Ms. A. Gail Shrewsbury, Instructional Aide at Spanishburg Elementary School, was recently named the 2014 Service Personnel Employee of the Year. She will be recognized at the September meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education. She is now entering her 15th year at Spanishburg Elementary, and she has been an employee of Mercer County Schools for 33 years. In...

August-20-2014

By Lloyd Jackson 
For The Charleston Gazette

The article of July 22 “West Virginia ranked low for preschool access,” relies on rankings by the Kids Count Data Center that fail to recognize all the facts about early childhood education in West Virginia. It is incredibly unfair to all those hard-working people who built our pre-K program to cite rankings in a way that implies their work has been anything less than a huge success. We owe it to them to convey the whole story and...

August-20-2014

By Aaron Payne
WV MetroNews

The West Virginia Department of Education has revoked the “exemption (k)” status of Miracle Meadows School in the wake of child abuse allegations.

A letter was sent to the school Tuesday morning.

“The only oversight on k schools, they just have to file their test scores with us once a year and they get exemption k status,” said Liza Cordeiro, the department’s executive director for communications.

According to the department, the...

August-18-2014

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials are strengthening the partnership between the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday approved an agreement and contract for leasing between the entities.

Earlier this year, the board accepted a proposal to reclassify workers at the schools for the deaf and blind to be residential care specialists...

August-14-2014

By Hoppy Kercheval in Hoppy's Commentary | August 13, 2014 at 12:42AM

One of the more significant shortcomings of West Virginia’s public school system historically has been the erosion of actual days of instruction.  Rules concerning when school could start and had to end, employment contracts, snow days, holidays, spring break and deer season all conspired to cut into school time.

The supposed goal was always 180 days of instruction, but nearly every year most counties had...

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