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Ruling on teacher pay in Monongalia could have statewide implications

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The Monongalia County school district and its superintendent are appealing to the state Supreme Court a judge’s ruling that they skirted teacher hiring laws by paying a Regional Education Service Agency to employ ...

Marple attorneys, WV school board attorneys feud over costs

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A judge earlier this month refused to order attorneys representing the West Virginia Board of Education and individual board member Wade Linger to stop saying ousted state schools superintendent Jorea Marple’s law...

Campaign aims to double low-income students’ reading proficiency rates

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Of the 60 percent of West Virginia students who come from low-income backgrounds, only a third can read proficiently by the end of third grade.

That’s according to Charlotte Webb, coordinator of elementary ...

Calhoun County Schools faces hard road back from deficit

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The West Virginia Department of Education expects only one of the state’s 55 county school systems to end last fiscal year with a deficit, but that one is far into the red and embroiled in employee grievance filin...

Eastern community college employees allege retaliation

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Two Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College employees, including the dean of academic and student services, are accusing the school and its president of retaliating against them for testifying on behalf of ...

Kanawha library board approves compensation study

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After approving pay raises in December, the Kanawha County Public Library’s Board of Directors is now studying whether it needs to make further compensation changes.

In a voice vote Monday with no nays hear...

Kanawha school board against renaming Stonewall Middle School

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County school board members aren’t expressing much support for renaming a Charleston school that’s dubbed after a Confederate general, is located on a former plantation &#...

Softball coach, Kanawha school board sued for alleged sexual harassment

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A former John Adams Middle School softball player and her father are suing her former coach and the Kanawha County school board, alleging the coach sexually harassed her in 2012 and then intimidated her after she complai...

State school board passes on year-round coaching vote

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West Virginia Board of Education members decided Thursday not to vote on a proposal to allow year-round coaching by certified middle and high school coaches.

The board unanimously approved other proposals the West ...

School board names new officers; White cries foul

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The West Virginia Board of Education Thursday elected new officers, but the only board member to vote against the choices accused his colleagues of a “back room deal” despite saying he didn’t know wh...

State education department launches review of Common Core-based standards

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West Virginia school officials are asking the public to provide something they said they didn’t receive from the Legislature when it tried this year to repeal the state’s Common Core-based education standar...

State school board returns educational program to Berkeley facility

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The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to again provide education services at a Berkeley County facility that was investigated over reports of safety lapses and runaway residents.

In May, after more ...

Kanawha district raises top $20K for deputy superintendent, $10K for others

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Deputy Superintendent Tom Williams’ annual pay increased by about $20,200 to total $121,300, Counseling and Testing Director Jon Duffy’s pay jumped $17,000 to stand at $84,400, and six other Kanawha County ...

Mountain State University suit continues despite college’s closure

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Despite ceasing to function as a college and selling its central Beckley campus, Martinsburg branch and all its personal property, Mountain State University is still pushing ahead with its accreditation lawsuit against t...

Kanawha school board approves more pay raises

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The Kanawha County school board Monday approved more pay increases for employees, this time for central office staff, through new pay scales that officials say will make the school district more competitive in worker rec...

WVU dean of students promoted to new position

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West Virginia University’s dean of students and director of housing has been promoted to a restructured position, the school announced Monday.

Corey Farris, a 56-year-old Charleston native who joined WVU in...

Fewer students, younger teachers cited for $85M drop in WV education budget

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The West Virginia Department of Education’s budget decreased by $85.3 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which started last week, because of decreased student enrollment, continued retiremen...

Marshall renovating president’s house

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Marshall University expects to spend about $500,000 in ongoing renovations of its president’s house, a historic 1920s-era structure the school says was last renovated in the ‘70s.

Brandi Jacobs-Jones,...

New UC Beckley campus open

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The University of Charleston has begun teaching students at its new location in the Beckley area, following its departure from the former Mountain State University campus.

West Virginia University finalized its ro...

Suit dismissed: WVSU chaperon quit on trip, was fired

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County judge has dismissed the lawsuit a former West Virginia State University employee filed in 2013 after she left a group of about 120 high school students she was supposed to chap...

Report finds gender wage gap for college grads in WV

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Though women made up 57 percent of the nearly 119,000 students who graduated from West Virginia public colleges over the past decade, a report released Monday suggests men who graduated in that...

Many WVU board terms expired, expiring

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Terms of three more members of West Virginia University’s Board of Governors will expire Tuesday, creating a total of seven governor-appointed seats on the board whose futures Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has yet to spel...

Water main repairs expected to take most of Thursday night

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Repairs to a 36-inch water main in Dunbar were expected to take most of Thursday night, but West Virginia American Water didn’t have an exact time line that evening for full water restoration to all customers. The...

Fairmont State says newspaper adviser wasn’t fired

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Allegations that Fairmont State University officials tried to stop stories in the school’s student newspaper about mold on campus and then refused to renew the contract of the paper’s adviser after the stor...

Marshall board approves tuition hike

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HUNTINGTON — The Marshall University Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved tuition and general fee increases for the upcoming academic year, p...

Moody’s states concerns with WVSU finances

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A credit-ratings agency has downgraded the rating of $11 million worth of West Virginia State University revenue bonds, saying the school has “extremely thin liquidity” and a “high degree of vulnerab...

Putnam schools’ curriculum director named to state post

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Putnam County school administrator has been named deputy state schools superintendent.

Cindy Daniel, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Putnam, will take over th...

Tuition increases approved for WVU, WVSU, Potomac

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Higher Education Policy Commission voted Monday to approve substantial tuition and fee increases for the upcoming academic year for in-state students at West Virginia University, West...

Panel to vote on WVU, WVSU, Potomac State tuition hikes

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The state Higher Education Policy Commission plans to vote this afternoon on whether to approve substantial tuition and fee increases for in-state students at West Virginia University, West Virginia State University and ...

Maier fund gives $1.3 million for UC innovation initiative

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Maier Foundation is giving $1.3 million to support programs associated with the University of Charleston’s new Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center, the school announced Monda...

W.Va. child feeding programs rapidly expanding

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West Virginia officials say expanding programs to feed needy children and some adults caused the state this fiscal year to exceed its usual annual request of $113 million in federal money for that pu...

Kanawha school board questions Laidley Field scoreboard proposal

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The superintendent of Kanawha County Schools says state Department of Education officials told him a proposed deal to fund a new scoreboard for Laidley Field is a bad financial idea, but a school board member says it...

Randolph superintendent to lead Fayette schools

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Randolph County Schools Superintendent Terry George will take the same position in Fayette County on July 1, officials said Tuesday, days after Fayette voters rejected a bond sale that could’ve generated more than...

New leader to recommend steps after failed Fayette bond

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State Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano hopes this week to name Fayette County’s new schools superintendent, who will recommend how the beleaguered county should move forward in the wake of Saturday’...

Kanawha school board to again discuss communications director

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The Kanawha County school board plans on Thursday to again discuss hiring a full-time communications director for the first time in about 15 years.

Ryan White, the board’s newest member, requested the item ...

Fayette school bond vote is Saturday

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Saturday is election day for the Fayette County school bond, a divisive issue that already has seen more early votes than the total turnout for the past two times the county tried to pass bonds.

State schools superintendent gets positive evaluation

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The West Virginia Board of Education gave the state schools superintendent a positive annual review Thursday.

The board spent roughly four hours in closed session for evaluations of several board-appointed position...

Community college system names temporary leaders

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The board overseeing West Virginia’s Community and Technical College System approved three new temporary leaders Thursday.

Board members unanimously voted to appoint current CTCS Vice Chancellor Sarah Tucker...

11 WV counties reverting to traditional high school math classes

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Eleven West Virginia counties, including Kanawha and Putnam, have told state education officials they plan to revert next school year to the traditional high school math course structure that predate...

Gee still among nation’s highest-paid college presidents

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The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual rankings of public college presidents’ pay, released Sunday, suggest West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee, who has led universities for decades, remain...

Survey suggests Kanawha school system should improve communication

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A survey of people with a stake in the Kanawha County school system’s success showed a continuing wish for better communication.

A report presented to the local school board Monday noted that when asked whet...

Kanawha increasing class sizes

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The Kanawha County school system is slightly increasing average class sizes in middle and high schools next school year, contributing to about 30 classroom teacher positions being cut throughout the county.

Superi...

WVU board approves budget including salary, tuition increases

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BECKLEY, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s Board of Governors passed a 2015-16 budget Friday with roughly $1 billion in expenses, including raises for employees throughout the ...

Most Kanawha students tested despite ‘opt-out’ movement

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite reports of students refusing to take Common Core-related standardized tests in other states and other West Virginia counties, the Mountain State’s largest school district hasn&#x...

2nd Boone educator in two months charged with sexual abuse

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Boone County deputies arrested a teacher and Christian after-school program leader Tuesday morning for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old student, according to the county sheriff’s office.

The arrest ...