August 2016

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August 15, 2016

Martirano: Schools dealing with shortage of math teachers
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Mountain State has a significant shortage of math teachers, according to State Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano.

Martirano said on MetroNews “Talkline” last week that the state wants only the best math teachers to teach in a specific way.

“We are having higher standards; there’s an expectation of how we teach math to be more focused...

August 15, 2016

Fayette superintendent urging support for new facilities plan
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Terry George, the Fayette County superintendent of schools, believes a new Comprehensive Facilities Plan from the Fayette County Board of Education, working in conjunction with the School Building Authority, would have a much better chance of being adopted this fall following the rejection of last year’s plan.

Observers both inside and...

August 16, 2016

Kanawha schools continue to deal with AC
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

As Kanawha County continued Monday to close schools due to air conditioning and power failures, county Superintendent Ron Duerring said the county has old AC systems and not enough money to replace them or make major upgrades.

On Friday, schools officials closed seven schools, including four of the county’s eight high schools, due to AC and power failures, meaning about...

August 16, 2016

WVEA president: Replace Smarter Balanced Assessment with ACT

By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

The president of the West Virginia Education Association sees data indicating that many Mountain State students did not use all of the allotted time for this year’s Smarter Balanced Assessment testing as another reason to ditch it completely.

“My guess would be that it’s not important (to students) and they’re not giving their best effort on it,” said Dale Lee...

August 18, 2016

Commentary: More questionable spending in Logan County Schools
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

More questionable purchases by the Logan County Board of Education from last year have surfaced.

Last week I wrote that Logan County School Board President Paul Hardesty, who just took office last month, confirmed a report in the Logan Banner newspaper that the school system’s purchasing card was used last year to buy $4,800 worth of wedding supplies.


August 18, 2016

Parents criticize early start date in Kanawha County
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County has been back at school for over a week in hot, humid temperatures, and many parents aren’t happy about such an early start time.

Several parents spoke at Wednesday night’s Kanawha School Board meeting after some schools had been sent home early due to the heat and faulty air conditioning in the past week.

The consensus among them...

August 19, 2016

Justice wins Kessler endorsement for governor
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jim Justice has the support of one of the two men he defeated in the Democratic primary for governor; the other is holding off.

State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, who came in third in the May primary, endorsed Justice this week, saying that he wished Justice was “a little more progressive” but that he would be a necessary check should the Legislature remain...

August 19, 2016

State is No. 3 in bullying problems
By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

In spite of its relatively high ranking for both anti-bullying policies and laws, West Virginia is ranked third overall in bullying problems, according to a WalletHub survey by Richie Bernardo. 

West Virginia's total score was 58.93, just behind Michigan at 60.18 and Louisiana at 59.34. The Mountain State was ranked 6th for bullying prevalence, 20th for bullying impact and...

August 23, 2016

Rainelle transitions to normalcy, students return to school
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

RAINELLE, W.Va. — Things are getting back to normal in Greenbrier County as students head back to school Monday and the Town of Rainelle begins the rebuilding process following the historic June flood.

Rainelle Mayor Andy Pendleton says the construction of new homes in her town is “uplifting.”

“There’s days that I get so down. I can’t stand it and then I...

August 23, 2016

White House honors West Virginia educator
By Laura Haight, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Teaching science was not in Maureen Miller’s original plan, but after she lost her job as an exercise physiologist when the company closed, she decided to make a career change.

To combine her love of science and children, Miller went back to college and now teaches science at Hurricane Middle School.

The White House recognized Miller’s passion and commitment to...

August 23, 2016

Despite dissent, Fayette BOE passes resolution to support facilities plan
By Sarah Plummer, The Register-Herald

FAYETTEVILLE — In a room tense with exasperated sighs, whispers and head shaking, the Fayette County Board of Education voted Monday to pass a resolution to support proposed changes to the Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

The resolution stated, "The Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan amendment submitted to both the State Board of...

August 24, 2016

State superintendent lauds Mineral County's high graduation rate
By Amanda Mangan, WV MetroNews

KEYSER, W.Va. — State School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano says he’ll share what’s been successful with the graduation rate in Mineral County with other counties.

“I’ll be sharing the best practices with other counties and making certain that they are rising to that level,” Martirano said after a visit to Keyser this week.

Mineral County leads the...