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By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is waiting for the governor to fill a seat that’s been vacant for more than a year.

Priscilla Haden, a Republican from the 2nd Congressional District, resigned in December 2012 following the board’s firing of former Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple. About a month later, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin replaced another board member who resigned, Jenny Phillips, appointing Tina Combs, executive director of...


By Mackenzie Mays, Staff writer Charleston Gazette

State education officials want to see more community schools implemented in West Virginia. 

The community school model partners public schools with nonprofit organizations and local businesses to create a sort of hub that fosters student achievement by combating issues such as poverty and health care access.

State and national education officials met in Charleston on Tuesday at the KidStrong Conference alongside health...


By Mackenzie Mays

West Virginia Board of Education members have narrowed the pool of candidates for the next state superintendent of schools down to three individuals, but they’re not making that list public.

In a statement Tuesday, the board said that it does not plan to release the names of the finalists in order to protect their privacy, but said it is “more than willing” to conduct public interviews if candidates so choose.

“The board acknowledges the new state...


By David Gutman, Staff writer

The Hurricane High School Redskins just won the state championship in baseball. Despite the national controversy over the Washington Redskins mascot, Putnam County superintendent Chuck Hatfield said he’s never heard a complaint about the high school’s mascot in his 41 years working in the schools.

After Hurricane High School won the state baseball championship last week, the front page of the next day’s Gazette-Mail featured a picture of their...


By The Associated Press  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A federal program that provides free meals to lower-income children during the summer will kick off in West Virginia this week.

The Summer Food Service Program provides funds to county school boards and other nonprofit organizations to provide meals to children 18 years and under.

Feeding sites include schools, churches, pools, parks, housing complexes and summer camps.

The West Virginia Department of Education’s...