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Knauff stands out with harsh criticism of Kanawha BOE

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One candidate in Kanawha County’s school board race, for which early voting goes through Saturday, has stuck out for his denouncement of the current board’s record, while the other three competitors have li...

WVU Coliseum closed due to potential asbestos

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The West Virginia University Coliseum in Morgantown was closed Friday after workers renovating the structure found some material that may contain asbestos.

WVSU’s in-state undergrad costs going up by 5%

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The West Virginia State University Board of Governors on Thursday approved a 5 percent increase in in-state undergraduate student tuition and fees, upping those costs from $3,331 per semester to $3,4...

Kanawha schools dropping 90 positions

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Kanawha County’s school system is planning for about 90 fewer positions next fiscal year because of a projected $2.3 million revenue drop — although officials say those position cuts won’t equal near...

Third WVSU president finalist cites local connections in campus forum

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West Virginia State University’s third presidential finalist — the only one who’s a WVSU alum — stressed her local connections in a campus public forum Wednesday ahead of a planned university ...

Former MSU administrator is likely final WVSU presidential candidate

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West Virginia State University Tuesday revealed that an administrator who worked at the now-defunct Mountain State University for a dozen years is WVSU’s third and, likely, last presidential finalist.

First WVSU candidate interviewed; board may choose president Thursday

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West Virginia State University on Monday released the name of a second presidential finalist who will visit campus for a public forum today, and a university spokeswoman expects a final candidate to visit Wednesday, ahea...

WVSU reveals 1st presidential finalist

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West Virginia State University has revealed its first presidential finalist ahead of a planned meeting Monday with the candidate, alumni, business leaders and the broader public.

Kanawha students bringing solar power to Navajos

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A group of six Ben Franklin Career Center students has been assembling small solar panel kits that will bring electricity to Navajo homes.

WVU and Marshall alumni, former WV reporters, win Pulitzers

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Two former West Virginia journalists who graduated from West Virginia University and Marshall University were among those whose work earned Pulitzer Prizes, journalism’s most prestigious annual awards, for 2016. <...

Goodwin, Kessler debate; Justice again absent

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Booth Goodwin and Jeff Kessler, two Democratic candidates for governor, had little criticism of each other at a Monday night debate at West Virginia State University.

WV seeks to increase infant immunization rate

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Although the Mountain State has among the nation’s highest immunization rates for school-entry-age children, at 97 percent, state health officials say West Virginia’s rate for kids 19-35 months old is the l...

WVU fraternity trying to preserve its existence

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Delta Tau Delta Fraternity’s national governing body has gone from indefinitely suspending the organization’s West Virginia University colony over a student’s video to now seeking to halt recognition...

WVU to build $2.3M engineering school in Beckley

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The West Virginia University Board of Governors voted unanimously Friday to build an estimated $2.3 million engineering building on the former Mountain State University campus in Beckley, in preparation for WVU Institute...

WV school board moves forward with A-F grading policy, OKs school closure

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The West Virginia Board of Education put five policies out for comment Wednesday, including one that would move forward with giving A through F grades to entire schools and counties but — unlike the state’s...

School board set to OK changes to social studies courses, other areas

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The West Virginia Board of Education is scheduled to vote Wednesday on changes to high school social studies course requirements and other areas, though some proposals have been rescinded or further modified following a ...

WV education official allegedly attacked fellow worker, child

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The man overseeing the West Virginia Department of Education’s nationally recognized child-feeding programs has been charged by police after he allegedly tried to strangle another department employee whom heȁ...

Request for second opinion on Fayette schools not getting traction

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A West Virginia Board of Education member publicly asked for another engineering firm to look at Fayette County’s partially shuttered Collins Middle and Meadow Bridge High, and Meadow Bridge residents sued for one...

Nonprofit gives intent to sue WVBE, SBA over Fayette schools

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A nonprofit law firm has taken the next step toward suing the West Virginia Board of Education and the state School Building Authority over an alleged lack of adequate funding for the Fayette County school system, which ...

AFT-WV endorses Justice, McGraw for May primary

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The American Federation of Teachers’ West Virginia branch has endorsed businessman Jim Justice for governor and former attorney general Darrell McGraw for state Supreme Court justice in the May 10 primary.

Cavender outraises other Kanawha school board candidates

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Ric Cavender has raised more than $14,500 in money and in-kind contributions toward his Kanawha County school board campaign, more than tripling the haul of his nearest competitor for the two board seats up for grabs, an...

Kanawha progressing with school curriculum changes

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The Kanawha County school board moved Monday toward making curriculum changes — including some local teacher customizations — in several subjects.

Tomblin vetoes: Smarter Balanced exams stay; calendar bill vetoed

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West Virginia’s governor vetoed bills Friday that would have banned existing statewide end-of-year tests for students, required another review of K-12 education standards and ended the requirement for a minimum of...

WV teacher, school service personnel unions split

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As West Virginia teachers and service personnel seek to stop drastic impending state health insurance benefit cuts, the union that brought them together for about seven years and claimed to be the state’s largest ...

Foundation providing $50K for books in McDowell County

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A New York-based company’s foundation is providing $50,000 to purchase about 14,000 books to be placed in school buses and seven “literacy centers” around McDowell County.

Governor signs bill easing rules for home-schooling in WV

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill earlier this month that will significantly reduce rules for West Virginia home-schooled students, as well as for parents who want to home-school their children.

Kanawha schools, ex-bus driver at odds over alleged deleted work time

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A former Kanawha County bus driver’s federal lawsuit over a supervisor deleting hours she entered on a time clock has been ongoing for a year, and her attorney is criticizing the school system for not already payi...

WV governor signs bill increasing school bus passing penalties

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West Virginia’s governor signed a bill this week increasing penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses and allowing the use of a license plate number to charge a vehicle’s owner in cases ...

WV American Water customers weigh in on water protection plan

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Several attendees of a Wednesday night meeting on West Virginia American Water’s proposed “source water protection plan” for its Kanawha Valley Water System stressed that the system needs a second so...

Kanawha schools chief gets 1-year contract extension

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After spending about an hour in closed session Tuesday, Kanawha County school board members unanimously approved renewing their superintendent’s contract for another school year, with no pay raise.

School Building Authority exploring new funding methods

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Seeing increased school facility needs alongside cuts to its available grant money, the West Virginia School Building Authority is considering new methods to help fund counties’ school construction and renovation ...

School unions make endorsements for May primary

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The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association announced Monday that its political action committee has endorsed Jeff Kessler for governor in the May primary, and the West Virginia Education Association PAC annou...

Residents want more testing of Fayetteville Elementary water

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Some Fayette County residents want more water testing at Fayetteville Elementary, where roughly 105 students in one building had been using bottled water and hand sanitizer from Jan. 26 until the school system recently l...

School board candidates differ on communications director, calendar, excess levy

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Kanawha County school board candidates disagreed Thursday over whether the school system should hire a communications director, among other differences related to spending.

Governor signs bill cutting School Building Authority funding

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill this week that, according to state School Building Authority officials, will cut by $4 million the SBA’s grants to counties for school construction and renovation projects.

Kanawha Library system to change checkout times, late fee rules

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The Kanawha County Public Library system is tripling allowed DVD checkout times, halving grace periods on returning items without facing fees and increasing maximum computer reservation times, among other checkout change...

Charleston Catholic gets $1.5 million for expansion

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A woman who studied at Charleston Catholic High School in the 1950s is giving the school $1.5 million to add to one wing a fourth floor with classrooms and a large multipurpose room that’ll serve as a chapel.

WV Senate dumps Smarter Balanced, but OKs science standards

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The West Virginia Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would ditch the existing end-of-year statewide standardized test but no longer block the upcoming new science education standards nor force the state Board of Educa...

WV school board passes resolution opposing standards, testing bill

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The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to pass a resolution strongly opposing a bill — up for amendments and a possible final vote in the Legislature Thursday — that would require schools to s...

Senate approves bill changing school calendar requirements

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West Virginia's Senate approved Wednesday a bill that would end a requirement — which the governor has supported in the past — for a minimum of 180 separate instructional days for K-12 schools, even when they...

Kanawha school system expects budget cuts

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Kanawha County’s school system is projecting about $230.7 million in general budget revenue for next fiscal year — $5.3 million less than what was budgeted for this fiscal year.

Bill could allow for 'innovation' in personnel laws

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The West Virginia Legislature is close to passing a governor-backed bill that would allow schools to request freedom from state statutes, including personnel laws.

Senate Education passes bill with no science standards block

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West Virginia's Senate Education Committee voted Monday to pass to the full Senate a version of the education standards and testing bill that would no longer block upcoming science standards and would ban the current end...

Kanawha school board approves gas line relocation, coach promotion

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The Kanawha County school board unanimously approved Monday a free easement to allow Mountaineer Gas to move a gas line that currently runs straight through a sewer line near Nitro High School.

WV Board of Education policy would require offering computer science courses, among other changes

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The West Virginia Board of Education is accepting input on policy changes that would, among other things, require high schools to offer students an optional computer science course and change science and social studies c...

WV Senate Education chief supports removing science block

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West Virginia's Senate Education Committee chairman supports removing from a bill the block on implementing the state's new science education standards and amending it to ensure that a panel's possible revisions for math...

Standards bill criticized as session days run out

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Several groups are criticizing a bill that would block implementation of West Virginia's upcoming science education standards and establish an “expert” panel to revise math and English language arts standards...

Childhood Language Center moving to new location

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Renovations began last month on a new, significantly larger home for a free therapy center that’s served West Virginia for more than 25 years from its current downtown Charleston location.

Schools face layoffs amid enrollment drops, budget cuts, coal decline

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FOSTER — Renee Ritenour, 24, stood up in front of the five men Friday, and told them they spelled her name wrong on her termination letter.

Fayetteville Elementary students still on bottled water

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The roughly 105 students in one Fayetteville Elementary building have been using bottled water and hand sanitizer since Jan. 26, and will continue to do so as the Fayette County school system awaits results of a second w...