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Philip Barbour teacher reflects on day student took classroom hostage
By Erin Beck, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nearly a year has passed since a 14-year-old student with a gun took Twila Smith’s classroom hostage. But she still feels uneasy around open doors.

On Aug. 25, 2015, Smith, a teacher at Philip Barbour High School, was preparing to teach her sixth-period world studies class when the freshman student, who had missed her first-period class, hurried...


Herbert Hoover High School to close after flooding
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — Several hundred residents packed into the auditorium at Elkview Middle School Wednesday night found out for certain that what they’d feared for weeks was true: Herbert Hoover High School will not reopen in the aftermath of historic flooding.

A special Kanawha County Board of Education meeting specifically to address the flood’s impact on the county’s schools...


Boone school board agrees to cut benefits and supplemental salaries
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

MADISON, W.Va. — The Boone County Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to make the cuts necessary to avoid a takeover by the state Dept. of Education.

Nearly $6 million dollars in cuts means that employees in the district will see about a $175 salary reduction in supplemental pay per paycheck, as well as the elimination of dental and vision benefits...


Education group applauds W.Va. for gains in graduation rates, early education
By Bill Frye Register-Herald Reporter

West Virginia is improving its graduation rate, while earning more praise for its dedication to early learning.

The report, "Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace" from the Southern Regional Education Board, details West Virginia's efforts to improve standards and student success as well other states in the SREB's region.

The report...


Boone school board makes state-ordered cuts
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

MADISON, W.Va. -- Boone County school board members voted today to finally make severe cuts to their employees’ pay and benefits, a move that will seemingly avert the state Board of Education takeover that was automatically set to take effect today if the board refused to make the state-ordered cuts a third time.

The unanimous vote, taken before an audience of about 250...