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Phares doesn’t reveal his reason
By John Raby Associated Press
CHARLESTON — West Virginia schools Superintendent James B. Phares announced his retirement Tuesday after only 15 months on the job, an unexpected move that disappointed some who hoped he’d stick around to lead a department whose policies had come under heavy scrutiny by a wide-ranging audit.
Phares didn’t give a reason in his letter to state Board of Education President Gayle Manchin behind his decision to...
By Jessica Farrish
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter
A teacher’s union and a service personnel group in Raleigh County on Wednesday abandoned a petition drive to ask the Raleigh County Board of Education to “revisit” the resignation of Superintendent Jim Brown.
The groups dropped the effort at Brown’s request, officials reported.
The Raleigh County American Federation of Teachers and the Raleigh County School Service Personnel Association had planned and...
The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A gap in the state budget is growing but West Virginia revenue officials say it will be filled by the end of the fiscal year in June.
Tax collections in March came in about $14 million below projections. For the fiscal year's first nine months, tax collections are more than $78 million below projections.
The fiscal year ends June 30.
Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss and Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow discussed the state's...
By Chelsi Baker
Times West Virginian
FAIRMONT — Students in Marion County missed 19 days of school this year.
With snowfall totaling 62 1/2 inches this winter and temperatures reaching 9 degrees below zero at times, students and teachers were forced to stay home so as not to risk their safety.
That many snow days left schools behind schedule in terms of what material teachers want and need to cover, which could negatively impact students’ progress on what they...
By Michael Erb
Parkersburg News and Sentinel
PARKERSBURG - While the announcement of a new superintendent will be one of the major issues addressed by the Wood County Board of Education next week, several equally important items will be up for discussion at Tuesday's meeting.
The board meets at 6:30 p.m. at the district's 13th and Plum street offices in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public.
The school board plans to announce its choice for the...
By WVEA Communications Staff
The West Virginia Education Association-Political Action Committee recommends the following people for the May 13 Primary Election.
“WVEA-PAC believes, based on past performances and responses to interview questions, these candidates are advocates for education and for children,” stated WVEA-PAC Chair Dale Lee. “These candidates share our commitment to improving education in West Virginia.”
WVEA-PAC is the independent, political arm of the...
West Virginia lawmakers took some important steps for teachers during this year’s regular legislative session.
During a tight budget year, legislators and Gov. Tomblin recognized teachers and service employees were in need of a pay increase. I commend them for taking this first step to getting West Virginia teachers on the path to competitive pay.
But perhaps even more important than the $1,000 pay raise for teachers and 2 percent increase for service professionals is goal...
By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette
Top education officials are dispelling rumors that they’re interested in becoming West Virginia’s next superintendent of schools, including outgoing School Building Authority Director Mark Manchin and members of the state Board of Education, tasked with choosing the superintendent.
Last week, Superintendent Jim Phares announced his plans to retire this summer — an expected move, since the Board of Education said he would serve in...
By Samuel Speciale, Education Reporter
Charleston Daily Mail
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With more than 170 million units sold, the iPad has revolutionized mobile computing since its release in 2010. While Apple’s market share plummeted to about 36 percent last year with the emergence of cheaper Android-based tablets, it can be said that the iPad has changed the way people work, play and communicate.
Four years after being introduced to consumers around the globe, the trend-...
By Elaine Blaisdell
KEYSER, W.Va. — The process for advertising for the new Mineral County school superintendent to replace Rob Woy, who is retiring, will begin shortly and the deadline for those interested in the position will be May 12, according to Howard M. O’Cull, executive director of the West Virginia School Board Association.
O’Cull, who was hired to assist in the search, said the position will be advertised in the media as well as ...
By Brandi Underwood
(Beckley) Register-Herald Reporter
The Fayette County Board of Education met in regular session Monday to discuss items ranging from student accomplishments to salary changes for school principals.
Beginning the meeting, several students from Collins Middle School’s marketing class were recognized by the board for their accomplishments at a recent state competition.
Collins Middle School is currently the only middle school participating in the...