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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 David Gutman, Staff writer

The Hurricane High School Redskins just won the state championship in baseball. Despite the national controversy over the Washington Redskins mascot, Putnam County superintendent Chuck Hatfield said he’s never heard a complaint about the high school’s mascot in his 41 years working in the schools.

After Hurricane High School won the state baseball championship last week, the front page of the next day’s Gazette-Mail featured a picture of their...


By The Associated Press  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A federal program that provides free meals to lower-income children during the summer will kick off in West Virginia this week.

The Summer Food Service Program provides funds to county school boards and other nonprofit organizations to provide meals to children 18 years and under.

Feeding sites include schools, churches, pools, parks, housing complexes and summer camps.

The West Virginia Department of Education’s...


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...


The Associated Press

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia Ethics Commission says police officers can't serve on county boards of education.

An advisory opinion issued by the commission says police officers already hold a public office, based on relevant case law.

Former Clarksburg police officer Michael Daugherty requested the advisory opinion. He resigned from the police department after his election to the Harrison County Board of Education was questioned.