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Barbour County teacher describes hostage incident in her classroom
By Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press

Thirty-year veteran teacher Twila Smith had scarcely started a new school year when a 14-year-old freshman entered her world studies class and drew a gun Tuesday.

“I knew if I lost my composure, this is going to end badly,” Smith told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. “He told me I was going to die today and I believed that.”



ACT test-takers improve in English, struggle in math, science in W.Va.
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — High school graduates in West Virginia are improving their English and reading skills, but are still struggling in math and science, according to the 2015 ACT scores released Wednesday.

The state’s composite score increased from 20.6 in 2014 to 20.8 this year. The national score stayed at 21.0.

The average English score in...


Charleston West Side leaders target student tardiness
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Students at West Side Mary C. Snow Elementary were tardy more than 5,000 times last year, education officials said Thursday during a meeting with an advisory board tasked with helping the area’s struggling schools overcome chronic absenteeism and poor achievement.

The group, made up of schools officials and black leaders, met Thursday to address growing...


Parkersburg priest asks to wear religious habit while teaching
By Michael Erb, For The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

PARKERSBURG - A Roman Catholic priest recently hired as a substitute teacher for Wood County Schools has requested permission to wear his religious habit while in the classroom.

The Rev. George Nedeff, 75, addressed the Wood County Board of Education briefly on Tuesday. Nedeff, who is a member of the religious order SOLT, the Society...


Martirano, in wake of Barbour incident: Bullying must be reported
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

PHILIPPI, W.Va. — The teen boy who held 27 fellow students and one teacher hostage at Philip Barbour High School Tuesday may have been looking for the student or students who’d bullied him, according to the boy’s pastor.

Dr. Michael Martirano, state superintendent of schools, could not confirm that report on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline” but, in general,...