Public Education http://wvpublic.org en Preston County Schools Regain Control, Revitalizing a Princeton Theatre & A Museum for John Henry http://wvpublic.org/post/preston-county-schools-regain-control-revitalizing-princeton-theatre-museum-john-henry <p></p><p>The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to return control to Preston County Schools but, the return of control comes with some conditions.&nbsp;A non-profit organization in Princeton is working to improve the community by renovating a theatre. &nbsp;The legend of the steel-driving man John Henry will soon have a home at a museum in the folklore hero's hometown of Talcott.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:56:28 +0000 Dave Mistich 15159 at http://wvpublic.org Preston County Schools Regain Control, Revitalizing a Princeton Theatre & A Museum for John Henry Preston County Schools Regain Local Control http://wvpublic.org/post/preston-county-schools-regain-local-control <p>The state board of education declared a state of emergency in Preston County in 2009 and as part of their intervention, seized decision making authority from the county.<br /><br />Everything from finances to the school calendar, hiring to curriculum, all were set at the state level. But that oversight will officially end August 1 after a unanimous vote from the board yesterday. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:29:36 +0000 Ashton Marra 15126 at http://wvpublic.org Preston County Schools Regain Local Control Schools for Deaf and Blind Workers Want Change in New Hiring Policy http://wvpublic.org/post/schools-deaf-and-blind-workers-want-change-new-hiring-policy <p></p><p>The state Board of Education heard from child care workers at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind Wednesday morning about an upcoming change in their job requirements. The board decided in March those workers will now be required to obtain an associates degree.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:53:28 +0000 Ashton Marra 15115 at http://wvpublic.org Schools for Deaf and Blind Workers Want Change in New Hiring Policy Martirano Called Visionary Leader W.Va. Needs http://wvpublic.org/post/martirano-called-visionary-leader-wva-needs <p>West Virginia got a glimpse of its newly appointed superintendent of schools Tuesday when Dr. Michael Martirano was introduced to a crowd of state employees and members of the media.</p><p>The appointment comes more than year into Governor Tomblin’s mission to strengthen public education in the state.<br /> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:44:56 +0000 Ashton Marra 15077 at http://wvpublic.org Martirano Called Visionary Leader W.Va. Needs Pendleton County Superintendent Named W.Va. Superintendent of the Year http://wvpublic.org/post/pendleton-county-superintendent-named-wva-superintendent-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The West Virginia Association of School Administrators says Pendleton County Superintendent Doug Lambert has been named West Virginia Superintendent of the Year.&nbsp; Lambert is president of the organization.</span></p><p>Lambert will represent West Virginia in the National Superintendent of the Year competition in San Diego in February.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:10:47 +0000 Associated Press 15028 at http://wvpublic.org Pendleton County Superintendent Named W.Va. Superintendent of the Year Construction of New McDowell Co. School to Begin Soon http://wvpublic.org/post/construction-new-mcdowell-co-school-begin-soon <p>Construction of a new $12 million elementary school in McDowell County is expected to begin after crews stabilize a riverbank that partially collapsed earlier this year.</p><p>Superintendent Nelson Spencer tells<a href="http://bit.ly/1qAWHwJ"> the Bluefield Daily Telegraph</a> that demolition of the old Iaeger Elementary School has been completed. He says large rocks from the construction area are being used to help stabilize the bank.<br />&nbsp; Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:25:57 +0000 Associated Press 14960 at http://wvpublic.org Construction of New McDowell Co. School to Begin Soon W.Va. Schools Chief-Elect Outlines Goals http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-schools-chief-elect-outlines-goals <p>The State Board of Education's choice to oversee West Virginia's public schools is offering a glimpse at his educational priorities.</p><p>The board will <a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-boe-will-likely-name-martirano-next-superintendent">vote next week on the appointment of Michael Martirano</a>. If approved, he is expected to begin work in the fall. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:23:44 +0000 Associated Press & Ashton Marra 14485 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Schools Chief-Elect Outlines Goals W.Va. BOE Will ‘Likely’ Name Martirano Next Superintendent http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-boe-will-likely-name-martirano-next-superintendent <p></p><p>The West Virginia Department of Education will soon have a new leader in Dr. Michael Martirano.<br /><br />State Board President Gayle Manchin <a href="http://wvde.state.wv.us/news/3004/">made the announcement of his likely nomination and approval</a> Wednesday evening through a press release.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:57:34 +0000 Ashton Marra 14387 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. BOE Will ‘Likely’ Name Martirano Next Superintendent State BOE Names Temporary Superintendent http://wvpublic.org/post/state-boe-names-temporary-superintendent <p>West Virginia Board of Education members unanimously approved a new schools chief who will take the post starting next week. On June 30, current Superintendent Dr. James Phares will retire, but the man filling his shoes is a familiar face to the department.</p><p>Board members voted to put current Deputy Superintendent Charles Heinlein in the position, with the understanding that when a new, ling-term chief is hired, he will return to his current job and current salary. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:39:13 +0000 Ashton Marra 14308 at http://wvpublic.org State BOE Names Temporary Superintendent Four Recommendations to Improve Education from Retiring State Superintendent http://wvpublic.org/post/four-recommendations-improve-education-retiring-state-superintendent <p></p><p></p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:51:43 +0000 Ashton Marra 13772 at http://wvpublic.org Four Recommendations to Improve Education from Retiring State Superintendent State BOE Approves Purchase of Land at Four Times Appraisal Value http://wvpublic.org/post/state-boe-approves-purchase-land-four-times-appraisal-value <p></p><p>The way a county handles the actual maintenance of existing and building of new schools is one of the major areas the state considers before taking over a county school system.<br /><br />In June of 2011, the state decided Gilmer County wasn’t doing a good job handling not just their facilities, but also personnel, finances and curriculum, among others. The board declared a state of emergency in Gilmer County and voted to intervene.<br /> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:03:41 +0000 Ashton Marra 13564 at http://wvpublic.org State BOE Approves Purchase of Land at Four Times Appraisal Value W.Va. BOE Approves Calhoun Co. Teacher, Personnel Pay Cut http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-boe-approves-calhoun-co-teacher-personnel-pay-cut <p></p><p>Cuts to salaries for teachers and school service personnel were approved by the state Board of Education Wednesday for one county whose bottom line is stuck in the red.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:26:20 +0000 Ashton Marra 13536 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. BOE Approves Calhoun Co. Teacher, Personnel Pay Cut State BOE One Step Closer to Hiring New Superintendent http://wvpublic.org/post/state-boe-one-step-closer-hiring-new-superintendent <p>After nearly a year since beginning the process of a nationwide search, members of the West Virginia State Board of Education say they’re getting closer to their goal of finding a new state schools chief.</p><p>Consulting firm Ray and Associates, Inc., presented the board with 64 completed applications at their meeting at Stonewall Resort in Lewis County Thursday. The applicants represented 43 different states.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:39:28 +0000 Ashton Marra 13263 at http://wvpublic.org State BOE One Step Closer to Hiring New Superintendent Mingo Co. School Administrators Removed After Students Charged with Sexual Assault http://wvpublic.org/post/mingo-co-school-administrators-removed-after-students-charged-sexual-assault <p>West Virginia's attorney general says some school administrators have been reassigned after a lawsuit claimed they brushed aside allegations that two boys at a middle school sexually abused female classmates.<br />&nbsp;<br />Patrick Morrisey says Burch Middle School in Mingo County will have an outside professional serve as an administrator until the school year ends June 12. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:55:25 +0000 Associated Press 12810 at http://wvpublic.org Mingo Co. School Administrators Removed After Students Charged with Sexual Assault W.Va. BOE: Logan Co. Schools in Jeopardy of Takeover http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-boe-logan-co-schools-jeopardy-takeover <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The West Virginia Board of Education has put Logan County Schools on alert. The county is in jeopardy of state takeover if they can’t turn things around before January of next year.</p><p></p><p><br />The vote by state board members came after a detailed audit of the county school system by the state Department of Education’s Office of Education Performance Audits. In that report, the OEPA found mishandlings of personnel matters, finances and failures in curriculum.<br /> Mon, 19 May 2014 03:14:44 +0000 Ashton Marra 12196 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. BOE: Logan Co. Schools in Jeopardy of Takeover Burwell Faces Second Hearing, Schools Getting Their Own Grades & National Geography Bee http://wvpublic.org/post/burwell-faces-second-hearing-schools-getting-their-own-grades-national-geography-bee <p></p><p>Sylvia Mathew Burwell&nbsp;faces her second confirmation hearing with the Senate Finance Committee and receives an endorsement from a key republican.&nbsp; The State Board of Education adopts a new A through F grading system to give parents a better understanding of how well their child's school is performing. Also, a Morgantown student heads to the National Geography Bee for the third time.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 14:28:20 +0000 Dave Mistich 12013 at http://wvpublic.org Burwell Faces Second Hearing, Schools Getting Their Own Grades & National Geography Bee New Policy Requires A Through F Grade for West Virginia Schools http://wvpublic.org/post/new-policy-requires-through-f-grade-west-virginia-schools <p></p><p>Parents across the state may soon have a better understanding of how their child’s school is fairing thanks to a new grading system adopted Monday by the state Board of Education.</p><p>The change comes after a directive from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during his State of the State Address in January. In his address, he specifically called on the board to implement and A through F grading scale.<br /> Thu, 15 May 2014 02:23:41 +0000 Ashton Marra 11995 at http://wvpublic.org New Policy Requires A Through F Grade for West Virginia Schools Online Courses Help High School Students Get Ahead http://wvpublic.org/post/online-courses-help-high-school-students-get-ahead <p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:25:37 +0000 Associated Press 11828 at http://wvpublic.org Online Courses Help High School Students Get Ahead W.Va. High School Seniors Rank Worst in Reading, Math in 13 States http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-high-school-seniors-rank-worst-reading-math-13-states <p>A new report shows West Virginia high school seniors had the worst reading scores of students sampled in 13 states last year - and were tied for worst in math.</p><p>Wednesday's <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/">national assessment conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics</a>, known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress or nation's report card, did show that test scores had improved in West Virginia in recent years.<br />&nbsp; Wed, 07 May 2014 14:37:22 +0000 Associated Press & Ashton Marra 11566 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. High School Seniors Rank Worst in Reading, Math in 13 States W.Va. Authority Awards $43 Million for School Projects http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-authority-awards-43-million-school-projects <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The West Virginia School Building Authority has awarded more than $43 million for construction projects in seven counties.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The grants approved Monday include more than $12 million for a new elementary school in Gilmer County.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mingo, Monongalia and Wayne counties each received more than $8 million for school projects.</div><div> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:58:24 +0000 Associated Press 11111 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Authority Awards $43 Million for School Projects