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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...


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.



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...


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...


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...