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Richwood turns to motel owner for help in solving school location issues 
By Rick Steelhammer, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

RICHWOOD — Land made available for public use by the owner of Richwood’s Watergate Inn, following talks with Richwood Mayor Bob Henry Baber, could help ensure that Richwood’s middle school students remain in town until a new school is built, rather than be relocated to a site outside the community.

Land already has been cleared for...


Martirano finalist for job in Ocean City, Md., area
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Following West Virginia state Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano’s Tuesday announcement that he plans to leave the position June 30, 2017, a Maryland school system has announced he’s one of two finalists for the superintendent position there.

Focus group members, who will interview Martirano and fellow finalist Louis H. Taylor for the Worcester County...


West Virginia on the hunt for state superintendent -- again
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two years after the hiring of Michael Martirano, West Virginia is in the market for a new state superintendent of schools.

Martirano’s resignation, which he submitted Tuesday citing family reasons, takes effect June 30, 2017, allowing time for a replacement to be hired to lead the state Department of Education.

Whoever is brought on board...


Report: Gayle Manchin used position with NASBE to boost EpiPen
By Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY

After Gayle Manchin took over the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2012, she spearheaded an unprecedented effort that encouraged states to require schools to purchase medical devices that fight life-threatening allergic reactions.

 The association’s move helped pave the way for Mylan Specialty, maker of EpiPens, to develop a near monopoly in...


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...