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January-17-2014

By Mackenzie Mays
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In some ways, Kanawha County students are better off than those in other counties forced to close schools due to last week's chemical spill, county officials say.

This was the first year the calendar ended the semester and wrapped up finals before students left for Christmas break, allowing students a fresh start and less catch-up, school board members said at a meeting Thursday.

Although opponents spoke...

January-15-2014

By Michael Erb, Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - The Wood County Board of Education has asked for a cost estimate on the upcoming search for a new superintendent.

West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director Howard O'Cull presented the school board with an overview of the process Monday night, leading the board through a 64-page document which gave examples of how other school systems had conducted similar searches.

O'Cull said the association...

January-15-2014

By Jenni Vincent - The Journal Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG - Berkeley County Board of Education members honored one of their own Tuesday night, when they formally recognized Erin Sponaugle for having been named the 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Sponaugle, who teaches at Tomahawk Intermediate School, was also recognized last week by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during his state of the state address.

During her visit to Charleston, Sponaugle received a new Toyota Prius to...

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...

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