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April-11-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state Board of Education wants to know what teachers, administrators, service personnel and PTAs would like to see when it comes the characteristics of a new state superintendent of schools.

Dr. Jim Phares announced earlier this month that he will retire June 30. The state school board’s goal is to find his replacement in a short time. That means getting input from everyone.

On Thursday, the board sent out a...

April-11-2014

By Garrett Cullen
WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Many coaches are in favor, others not so much – that’s been the initial response to this week’s vote by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to expand the summer practice session to all but one week on the summer months.

The rule, which still has to be approved by the state board of education, would go into effect for the 2015-2016 school year. Part of the intent of the change would give coaches at...

April-10-2014

By Jennifer Smith 
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jim Phares said he’s looking at the state Secondary Schools Activities Commission’s proposal to expand summer athletic practices from several different viewpoints.

“I’m not going to answer it just as a state superintendent but also as a former teacher, a former coach, former high school principal and a former local superintendent,” he told MetroNews Thursday during a break in the state...

April-10-2014

Charleston Daily Mail (editorial)
In a few weeks, students at public schools across the state will begin standardized testing. Assessments such as WESTEST have become a rite of spring for students in certain grades. Next year, WESTEST2 will be replaced with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Yet there are many more. At some point in their school career, students are likely to face the NAEP, TSAT, ACT Plan, ACT Explore, Compass and more standardized tests to measure various things...

April-09-2014

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...

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