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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...