West Virginia Board of Education

Public Education
10:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

W.Va. Education Committee Exploring Realignment of Regional Education

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

For the past 20 months, the West Virginia Board of Education’s Commission on School District Governance and Administration has been discussing ways the state can restructure at the regional level to provide better service to the local school districts. At a meeting Thursday, members finalized their recommendations for the full board who will vote on them in November.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

New State Superintendent of Schools Reveals Education Priorities

On West Virginia Morning, Wednesday marked the first official state board of education meeting for West Virginia’s new superintendent of schools.  Ashton Marra will have a report.  And we’ll visit the J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works in Malden, Kanawha County.

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Public Education
11:17 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Local Control Returned to Grant County BOE

Grant County Board of Education President Scotty Miley addressed the state board before their vote Wednesday.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to return local control of the school district to the Grant County Board of Education after nearly five years of intervention.

The system was taken over in 2009 after and audit showed the county was failing in multiple areas, including curriculum, student achievement and lacked leadership.

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Public Education
2:10 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

New W.Va. Superintendent Releases Schools Plan

State Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano presented his six point plan to the West Virginia Board of Education Wednesday.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia's new superintendent of schools has released his goals for improving the state's public education system, including a focus on improving student attendance and graduation rates.

Michael Martirano presented the plan to the state Board of Education on Wednesday.

The plan would increase pre-kindergarten offerings in all elementary schools and early childhood learning centers, including the expansion of programs before and after school and during the summer.

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Degree Agreement
6:52 am
Fri August 15, 2014

W.Va. Board OKs Agreement for Deaf, Blind Schools

The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
Credit Cecelia Mason / WV Public Radio

Education officials took steps this week to strengthen the partnership between the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The West Virginia Board of Education approved an agreement and contract this week for leasing between the entities. 

Earlier this year, the board accepted a proposal to reclassify workers at the schools for the deaf and blind to be residential care specialists beginning next July.

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Public Education
10:37 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Fayette County Regains Partial Control of Schools

W.Va. Board of Education member Tom Campell looks over a proposal at the board's meeting Wednesday.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Fayette County is regaining partial control of its school system.

The West Virginia Board of Education unanimously voted to give the county partial control related to school policies. The board held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday and Thursday at Greenbrier East Middle School.

The board took over the school system in 2010 after the Office of Education Performance Audits found serious curriculum and facility problems.

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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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West Virginia Morning
8:44 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Huntington Fights Drug Abuse, WVBOE Approves Extended Bus Routes & Reducing Euthanization of Strays

Federal and regional drug enforcement officials visited Huntington to learn about the success the city has had so far in combating the drug epidemic and share details about their future efforts. The West Virginia Board of Education approved a waiver to allow some students in Randolph County to take bus rides as long as an hour and 18 minutes one way after a ceiling collapse closed their school and the Kanawha Chalreston Humane Association has changed some policies helping them along their path to become a no-kill shelter.

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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.

Reconnecting McDowell
2:53 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

New Teacher Housing for Troubled McDowell County

West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten cut the ceremonial ribbon at Bet's Furniture in Welch.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the governing board for Reconnecting McDowell voted to demolish two buildings in the county seat of Welch to make way for new, affordable housing for teachers and young professionals.

The board and members of the American Federation of Teachers held a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the old Best’s Furniture warehouse, a 25,000 square foot building that’s sat vacant for years. In the coming months, it and the smaller Katzan building located directly behind it will be torn down to make way for 28 new housing units.

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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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Public Education
11:23 am
Tue July 1, 2014

State Board Unanimously Approves New Superintendent

Credit twitter.com

It’s official. The West Virginia Board of Education has approved the next state superintendent of schools.

Members unanimously agreed to hire Dr. Michael Martirano Tuesday to take over as state school’s chief this fall. Martirano currently serves as superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools in southern Maryland, a position he’s held for almost a decade.

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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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Education
11:25 am
Mon June 23, 2014

W.Va. School Board Seat Vacant for More Than Year

Credit West Virginia Department of Education

The West Virginia Board of Education is waiting for the governor to fill a seat that's been vacant for more than a year.
 

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West Virginia Morning
9:16 am
Thu June 12, 2014

State BOE Buys New Land at High Dollar, Fighting for Black Lung Benefits & More on Grow Ohio Valley

 The West Virginia board of Education approves the purchase of land in Gilmer Co. to consolidate schools there but, it comes at a cost four times its appraisal. A miner fights for health benefits and his life while living with black lung disease. Also, more from Wheeling's Grow Ohio Valley.

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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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