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State school board approves Fayette plan
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education approved major changes in the facilities plan for the Fayette County school system Wednesday, putting the county on the path toward closures and consolidations.

The approval puts the county in prime position to receive funding from the state School Building Authority to begin implementing the plan.

“Throughout this nine-month...


Toni Poling, Fairmont Senior English teacher and WVEA member, named WV Teacher of the Year
By WVEA Communications Staff

Congratulations to WVEA member Toni Poling, who was named the 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year at an awards banquet this evening in Charleston!

| Poling has taught 11th- and 12th-grade English at Fairmont Senior High School for 10 years. Poling, whose dedication to teaching began when she helped her father overcome a reading...


Kanawha's plans for FEMA funds all include portable classrooms
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County public schools officials say they still plan to request that the Federal Emergency Management Agency fund portable classrooms to house Clendenin Elementary and Herbert Hoover High students, whose schools were wrecked in the late-June floods that ravaged several West Virginia counties.

Charles Wilson, Kanawha County Schools’ executive...


State school board to vote on Fayette facilities plan
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In two instances of déjà vu, the West Virginia Board of Education is set to vote this week on a consolidation plan for Fayette County’s public school system and a policy waiver that will again stop the requirement that teachers be evaluated based on their students’ standardized test scores.

Unlike the last Fayette consolidation plan, though, the new one has...


Study: WV school workforce 'largely stable,' but new teacher retention an issue
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia's public school teacher and administrator workforce is "largely stable," although nearly one-fifth of new Mountain State teachers left the state's public education system after one school year, according to a new study that looked at five school years.

The study, released last week, found that, on average, 90.1 percent...