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Gilmer freed from state takeover if it agrees to stipulations
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gilmer County’s public school system can be freed from a half-decade of state takeover if its locally elected school board members agree to keep their state-appointed superintendent — who opposed returning local control and with whom local board members have fought — through June 30.

The West Virginia Board of Education decided Wednesday to offer the...


Vouchers Dubious plan
Gazette editorial – Charleston Gazette-Mail

Conservatives who control the Legislature are pondering school vouchers — a strategy designed partly to funnel tax money to churches or segregated schools.

This effort is intensified by incoming President Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos — a longtime foe of public schools — to be his education secretary.

Marshall University professor Bobbi Nicholson explained in a Gazette-Mail...


Fayette will get part of $48 million in SBA funding
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state School Building Authority will put $48.8 million into school construction projects in West Virginia in the coming year, including $12.6 million for the first of a multi-year construction schedule in Fayette County.

“We don’t feel relieved. What we feel is that we were very fortunate to collaborate with the School Building Authority staff and...


SBA board approves 15 of 18 county requests
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Out of the 18 county public school systems that requested money in this year’s state School Building Authority “needs” grant funding cycle, only Cabell, Ohio and Wood didn’t get any funding.

The 18 school systems had asked for a combined roughly $94.7 million in this year’s funding cycle, though Fayette County said it was open to receiving funding over two years if not...


First projects in Fayette consolidation plan funded
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state School Building Authority’s board voted Monday to provide $22.6 million for the first two major projects of Fayette County’s possibly decade-long school consolidation plan: building a new Collins Middle for that school’s displaced students and a new prekindergarten-through second-grade school in the Oak Hill area.

The SBA board’s vote puts it and the...