Public Education

Public Education
9:21 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Bus Ride Times Will Drastically Increase for Harman Students

Randolph County Superintendent Terry George presented his waiver request to the state Board of Education at their meeting at Greenbrier East Middle School.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

After a ceiling collapse caused the indefinite closure of one Randolph County school, the state Board of Education approved a waiver to allow students in the area to exceed set limits for the amount of time they can spend on a bus.

Randolph County Superintendent Terry George asked for the waiver Wednesday that would allow Harman School students to go to Elkins area schools about 26 miles from the facility. 

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Public Education
1:33 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

New W.Va. Schools Chief to Start Sept. 15

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  West Virginia's new schools superintendent will report for work on Sept. 15.

The state Board of Education hired Michael Martirano this summer to replace the retiring Jim Phares.

Martirano was superintendent of St. Mary's County Public Schools in Maryland. The Charleston Daily Mail reports he was contractually obligated there until September.

Martirano will earn an annual salary of $230,000. The state board had lobbied the Legislature to remove the $175,000 salary cap for the position.

West Virginia Morning
8:20 am
Tue August 12, 2014

DEP Hears Appeals About Kanwaha Co. Mine, Changing Climates Mean Changing Forests & Education Reform

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Surface Mine Board held its first day long hearing in the case of Keystone Industries' KD Mine No. 2, a mine situated near the boundary of Kanawha State Forest. In the first day, appellant presented evidence and testimony about why the permit should be revoked.

The Allegheny Front's Julie Grant discusses how climate change could be linked to the changing make up of forests in Appalachia and educators gather at Marshall University to discuss reforming the state's education system.  

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Charleston's West Side Revive, Redefining College in W.Va. and Marie Manilla's New Novel

The American Legion is sending representatives to North Central West Virginia this week to help veterans better understand the benefits available to them. A group on Charleston's West Side is working on narrowing down ways they can revive the urban neighborhood. An education summit in Morgantown was focused on redefining college for West Virginia students, and Marie Manilla, a Huntington native, talks about her new book "Patron Saint of Ugly."  

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Public Education
11:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

W.Va. Schools Will Soon Receive A Through F Grades

Credit Cecelia Mason

The process of implementing a new performance-based system for accrediting the state's public schools will begin in September.

The Dominion Post reports the state Office of Educational Performance Audits will conduct on-site reviews in each of Monongalia County's public schools in mid-September. Schools across the state will be reviewed over the next two years.
 

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West Virginia Morning
9:56 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Preston County Schools Regain Control, Revitalizing a Princeton Theatre & A Museum for John Henry

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to return control to Preston County Schools but, the return of control comes with some conditions. A non-profit organization in Princeton is working to improve the community by renovating a theatre.  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.

Public Education
5:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Preston County Schools Regain Local Control

Preston County Superintendent Rick Hicks details his county's progress over the past year in decreasing their deficit.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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.

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Public Education
3:53 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Schools for Deaf and Blind Workers Want Change in New Hiring Policy

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind Superintendent Dr. Lynn Boyer updated the board on negotiations over the new hiring policy.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

The 35 workers who currently hold positions at the Romney schools have until 2018 to obtain a degree, but there’s no guarantee even then that they will keep their jobs.

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Public Education
9:44 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Martirano Called Visionary Leader W.Va. Needs

Newly appointed state Superintendent Michael Martirano addressed a crowd at a press conference at the Capitol.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

The appointment comes more than year into Governor Tomblin’s mission to strengthen public education in the state.

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Education
10:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Pendleton County Superintendent Named W.Va. Superintendent of the Year

Pendelton County Superintendent Doug Lambert
Credit West Virginia Association of School Administrators

The West Virginia Association of School Administrators says Pendleton County Superintendent Doug Lambert has been named West Virginia Superintendent of the Year.  Lambert is president of the organization.

Lambert will represent West Virginia in the National Superintendent of the Year competition in San Diego in February.

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School Construction
8:25 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Construction of New McDowell Co. School to Begin Soon

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.

Superintendent Nelson Spencer tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph 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.
 

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Public Education
12:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

W.Va. Schools Chief-Elect Outlines Goals

West Virginia Superintendent-elect Dr. Michael Martirano is expected to take his new position this fall.
Credit twitter.com

The State Board of Education's choice to oversee West Virginia's public schools is offering a glimpse at his educational priorities.

The board will vote next week on the appointment of Michael Martirano. If approved, he is expected to begin work in the fall.

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Public Education
6:57 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

W.Va. BOE Will ‘Likely’ Name Martirano Next Superintendent

Dr. Michael Martirano will likely be approved as the new West Virginia State Superintendent Tuesday, July 1.
Credit St. Mary's County Public Schools

The West Virginia Department of Education will soon have a new leader in Dr. Michael Martirano.

State Board President Gayle Manchin made the announcement of his likely nomination and approval Wednesday evening through a press release.

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Public Education
10:39 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

State BOE Names Temporary Superintendent

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

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.

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.

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Public Education
2:51 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Four Recommendations to Improve Education from Retiring State Superintendent

Dr. James Phares presented his final recommendations to the state Board of Education during their June meeting in Charleston.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares announced his retirement in April, but last week, presented his final report to the state Board. In it, he recounted his accomplishments in leading the state’s education system forward, but also gave a warning about what work must continue in order to truly impact student achievement.

Some of the biggest accomplishments during his 18 month tenure included the passage and implementation of Senate Bill 359, the Governor’s Education Reform Act.

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Public Education
8:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

State BOE Approves Purchase of Land at Four Times Appraisal Value

West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin.
Credit West Virginia Department of Education

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.

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.

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Public Education
3:26 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

W.Va. BOE Approves Calhoun Co. Teacher, Personnel Pay Cut

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

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.

State board members approved the salary cut for Calhoun County teachers and school service personnel at their monthly meeting in Charleston. Beginning July 1, staff at four schools will see $600 less per year on their paycheck.

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Public Education
8:39 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

State BOE One Step Closer to Hiring New Superintendent

State Board of Education Vice President Mike Green, President Gayle Manchin and Superintendent Dr. James Phares at the May meeting in Charleston.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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.

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Sexual Assault Charges
5:55 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Mingo Co. School Administrators Removed After Students Charged with Sexual Assault

Credit David Benbennick / wikimedia Commons

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.
 
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.

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Public Education
11:14 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

W.Va. BOE: Logan Co. Schools in Jeopardy of Takeover

Chapmanville Regional High School
Credit WV Department of Education

  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.

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.

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