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January-15-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- School administrators continued to wait Tuesday, as a return date for students in counties affected by last week's chemical spill rested in the hands of water company and health officials.

Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln and Boone counties and some schools in Fayette County are closed Wednesday for a fourth day after Thursday's do-not-use water advisory.

As of Tuesday evening, only 19 of the 69 schools in...

January-15-2014

By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

CHARLESTON — Because teachers can see what their students need and how instruction should be delivered, one area board of education member says Innovation School District Zones will help students achieve more in the classroom.

Innovation Zones — school districts “seeking near autonomy” — involves how the district spends its money and how teachers use classroom resources, said Greg Prudich, vice-president of the West Virginia School...

January-15-2014

By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

The Marshall County Board of Education expects to begin asbestos testing for John Marshall High School next week in preparation for the building's renovation work.

The board Tuesday unanimously approved hiring Pinnacle Environmental Consultants Inc. of Hurricane, W.Va. for $30,790 to perform the tests. According to Superintendent Michael Hince, the board is required to have asbestos testing for older...

January-10-2014

By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter   

The Senate Education Committee plans to introduce legislation to help students on health profession tracks to obtain student loans and to practice in the state, particularly in underserved areas.

The health sciences service program continues a revolving fund account from which students can borrow funds for their educations and then be forgiven each year of loans in exchange for a year of service in the state.

Preference is...

January-10-2014

By Jennifer Smith 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Teacher of the Year Erin Sponaugle shifted into a new gear Thursday as she accepted some impressive gifts for her honor.

The 5th grade teacher from Tomahawk Intermediate School in Berkeley County was handed a check for $5,000 from Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield in a ceremony at the state capitol. Then Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held up a set of keys.

“It’s almost like Wheel of Fortune! Today you’re going home in a brand,...

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