September 2016

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September 6, 2016

State school board to vote on Fayette facilities plan
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In two instances of déjà vu, the West Virginia Board of Education is set to vote this week on a consolidation plan for Fayette County’s public school system and a policy waiver that will again stop the requirement that teachers be evaluated based on their students’ standardized test scores.

Unlike the last Fayette consolidation plan, though, the new one has...

September 7, 2016

Kanawha's plans for FEMA funds all include portable classrooms
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County public schools officials say they still plan to request that the Federal Emergency Management Agency fund portable classrooms to house Clendenin Elementary and Herbert Hoover High students, whose schools were wrecked in the late-June floods that ravaged several West Virginia counties.

Charles Wilson, Kanawha County Schools’ executive...

September 7, 2016

Toni Poling, Fairmont Senior English teacher and WVEA member, named WV Teacher of the Year
By WVEA Communications Staff

Congratulations to WVEA member Toni Poling, who was named the 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year at an awards banquet this evening in Charleston!

| Poling has taught 11th- and 12th-grade English at Fairmont Senior High School for 10 years. Poling, whose dedication to teaching began when she helped her father overcome a reading...

September 8, 2016

State school board approves Fayette plan
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education approved major changes in the facilities plan for the Fayette County school system Wednesday, putting the county on the path toward closures and consolidations.

The approval puts the county in prime position to receive funding from the state School Building Authority to begin implementing the plan.

“Throughout this nine-month...

September 8, 2016

Poling looks forward to working with her fellow teachers
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Toni Poling says her husband Eric made a deal with her upon learning she’d been nominated for the 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year award, when the Fairmont Senior High English teacher wasn’t sure whether to go on the interview.

“He said ‘yes, you should go.’ And if you win, I’m going to have a T-shirt made that says ‘I’m married to the West...

September 9, 2016

Teacher evaluation mandate halted, naloxone policy OK'd
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education, in voice votes with no nays heard, approved this week a policy waiver that again stops the mandate that 15 percent of annual evaluations for math and English language arts teachers be based on their students' improvement in standardized test scores over last school year.

The state school board also OK'd a policy change...

September 13, 2016

WVEA president: Right decision made regarding test scores on evaluations
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Education Association is applauding a recent decision from the state Board of Education that will keep student standardized test results from being used in evaluations of the Mountain State’s teachers.

“The standardized test is a single snapshot. It’s a one day snapshot of what that student is...

September 14, 2016

PEIA conducting first insuree audit in years
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state Public Employees Insurance Agency is conducting its first major audit of insurees in six years, Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley Brown confirmed this week.

She said the state health insurance provider began the audit about six months ago as a way to curb increasing costs.

"PEIA is doing everything it can to make sure its...

September 15, 2016

FEMA green-lights portable classroom installation at 2 Kanawha schools
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CLENDENIN, W.Va. — After a longer wait than expected, FEMA approved the installation of portable classrooms for two flood-damaged schools in Kanawha County Wednesday.

The Kanawha County Board of Education is expected to officially approve the plan at its Thursday evening meeting. The portables will accommodate Herbert Hoover High at Elkview Middle School...

September 15, 2016

Report: Teacher shortage is national crisis
By Sarah Plummer Register-Herald Reporter

The need to attract and retain highly qualified teachers is a discussion West Virginia is familiar with, especially with the West Virginia Department of Education reporting more than 600 teacher vacancies statewide.

But West Virginia isn't alone.

In fact, a recent analysis and report by the Learning Policy Institute indicates the United States is short 60,000...

September 19, 2016

FEMA approves grant for Nicholas County schools
By WV MetroNews Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia Third District Congressman Evan Jenkins announced Friday FEMA has approved a grant for more than $1 million for the Nicholas County school system in connection with flood damage.

“Our children need safe, well-equipped schools, but several Nicholas County schools sustained serious damages in June from devastating floods. Our students, faculty and staff...

September 21, 2016

Martirano will leave position next June
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Michael Martirano announced Tuesday that he is leaving his position as West Virginia’s 30th state schools superintendent on June 30, 2017, the end of the current fiscal year.

He's spent about two years in the role, during which the Department of Education he leads has defended from legislative attack the state’s Common Core-based math and English language arts standards and...