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WVU’s Eberly dean headed to Clemson


Almasy, who has served as interim dean of Eberly three times before, will replace outgoing dean Bob Jones on Sept. 16.

Jones, a biology professor who served as dean of the Eberly College for four years, is headed ...

Report: W.Va. students start school day too early


Middle school and high school students should not be expected in class any earlier than 8:30 a.m. in order to avoid mental and physical health problems, according to a national report released Monday.

About 43 perc...

WVSU fires employees, eliminates positions, considers more cost-saving


West Virginia State University has fired 10 employees and is considering more cost-saving measures.

School officials announced the layoffs earlier this month and also eliminated 15 already vacant positions.

W.Va. teacher unions want more flexible evaluations


The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that some states can delay requirements that tie teacher evaluations to student test scores — but West Virginia is a step ahead.

U.S. Department of Educat...

Plan for rehab center near Capital High elicits anger


Capital High School parents and community members are concerned about plans for a drug rehabilitation center to be built near the school.

The Kanawha County school board voted Tuesday to donate 50 acres of school ...

Rehab center to be located on Capital High property


Officials have named a Charleston location for the T-Center, a one-of-a-kind residential drug rehabilitation facility first announced in March.

The Kanawha County Board of Education Tuesday evening voted to donate...

Party school label not only high ranking for WVU


The first day of class at West Virginia University is today, and school officials are hoping students are excited about other rankings outside of its continuous party school reputation.

Earlier this month, The Pri...

‘15 to Finish’ campaign urges students to graduate on time


College students need to take 12 credit hours per semester to be considered full-time for financial aid and other purposes -- but state education officials don’t think that’s enough.

The West Virginia...

Role of W.Va. school principals could change


The West Virginia Board of Education is looking to redesign the role of school principals in the Mountain State.

A report compiled by ICF International, a consulting firm based in Virginia with offices in Charlest...

‘Oh, it’s gorgeous’: WVSU dedicates first new dorm in decades


Judge Damon Keith’s eyes lit up Wednesday as he got a tour of his namesake — the first residence hall to be built on West Virginia State University’s campus since 1969.

“Oh, it’s...

BOE member starts parent involvement committee


Kanawha County School Board member Ryan White has created a “parent involvement committee” that aims to turn around low student achievement and other problems in the school system through community events a...

Library launches levy campaign


Kanawha County Public Library officials are hoping that despite some high-profile races on November’s ballot, residents will remember to support a levy to keep the library financially afloat.

The levy, up ...

Kanawha County Schools to unveil new website, phone app


Kanawha County School students and their families can expect to be better informed this school year, thanks to a new website and smartphone application currently in the works.

The new KCS website will not only pro...

Day care fights to stay afloat


A Charleston day care is struggling to stay afloat after nearly 40 years of service.

The Good Shepherd Child Development Center is hoping the community will lend a hand in helping with unexpected costs associated ...

As school starts, more teachers needed to fill holes


In 2012, at least 1,850 teachers retired in West Virginia —about 230 more than the state saw in 2008, according to the state Consolidated Public Retirement Board.

Those numbers don’t include members o...

Reconnecting McDowell to build teacher housing


Long-vacant buildings in Welch will be demolished and replaced with new housing for teachers, under a plan approved Wednesday by the Reconnecting McDowell board of directors.

The board voted to raze the Best Furnit...

Policy allows major changes to make up canceled days


The Kanawha County Board of Education is warning parents ahead of time that if it is forced to cancel class for inclement weather or other reasons, the school year may last longer than ever before, and previously schedul...

Some W.Va. colleges face stricter regulations after MSU controversy


Because Mountain State University was forced to close in 2012, West Virginia higher education officials are exercising more supervision over the state’s colleges, and providing more information to the public about...

WVU’s Gee rolls into Spencer during 55-county tour


By Mackenzie Mays

Staff writer

SPENCER — At the Roane County Library on Thursday, Gordon Gee got a basket stuffed with local honey, jam and a Black Wal...

New Edgewood school a learning tool in itself


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While Kanawha County’s newest school, Edgewood Elementary, is still under construction, exposed parts of the walls that show the building’s inner workings won’t be covered ...

Brain food: School vending machine offers books


Bonnie McClung watches a vending machine every morning at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School, hoping the students make the right choice.

There are no Cheetos in there. No candy bars. There are a few healthy s...

WVSU helps answer some what-ifs with active-shooter drill


INSTITUTE, W.Va. — Members of the State Police, the Nitro Police, the Institute Volunteer Fire Department and other emergency personnel swarmed West Virginia State University...

UC partners with BridgeValley


Students at BridgeValley Community and Technical College who want to continue their education can now easily transition to the University of Charleston to receive their bachelor’s degree.

UC and BCTC —...

W.Va. ranked low for preschool access


While West Virginia’s universal preschool program has been nationally recognized, a report being released today ranks the state’s program among the worst in the country because it provides access only to 4-...

More colleges turn away from entrance exams


Half of West Virginia’s public four-year colleges do not consider ACT or SAT scores for admission.

As more and more colleges across the country adopt a ...

WVU offers teachers to West Side school reform effort


The leader of West Virginia University’s education school hopes to offer expertise to schools on Charleston’s West Side, including special training to teachers and community members, placing student teacher...

Board reacts to West Side takeover talk


Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring said one state school board member’s suggestion to take over the schools on Charleston’s struggling West Side is a non-issue.

But some Kanawha Count...

Could state take over West Side schools?


Making the West Side of Charleston its own school district — separate from the Kanawha County school system and overseen by the state — is the latest suggestion in an attempt to turn around the area’...

W.Va. high schools to offer free IT certification


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — All high school students in West Virginia will now have the opportunity to graduate with a free information technology certification, thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and the state Dep...

West Side pilot project leads to trying times for teachers


This is the final story in a series about community efforts and education reform on Charleston’s West Side.

Whittney Armstrong knows what she signed up for.

Last week, Armstrong, a 24-year-old teacher...

Lifelong residents dedicated to reviving crime-stricken neighborhood


This is the second story of a three-part series about community efforts and education reform on Charleston’s West Side.

Once you know it, nobody can take it from you.

That’s what the Re...

Caretakers at W.Va. Deaf and Blind School fight degree requirement


Caretakers at West Virginia’s only school designed for deaf and blind students are continuing to fight for their jobs.

At Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting, several people spoke out against...

W.Va. governor introduces new state schools superintendent


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Board of Education President Gayle Manchin formally introduced new state Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano to the public in a ceremony Tuesday at the West Vi...

Kanawha school board’s newest member sworn in


Ryan White, a Charleston attorney, was sworn in as the newest member of the Kanawha County Board of Education on Monday, along with incumbents Pete Thaw and Becky Jordon.

Also on Monday, board member Robin Rector ...

West Side Revive’s Fryson new WVU diversity VP


West Virginia University has created a new position in its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — an attempt to strengthen what the university said are its goals of providing an “open and inclusive atm...

Martirano officially hired as state schools superintendent


Michael Martirano will be the highest-paid state superintendent of schools in West Virginia’s history.

The state Board of Education unanimously voted on Tuesday to hire Martirano, superintendent of St. Mary&...

Gee’s contract official; WVU president will make $775K


West Virginia University President Gordon Gee’s contract went into effect this week, with his collective salary totaling $775,000.

Gee’s state-funded base salary is $650,000, with an additional $125,0...

David Sneed named to replace Manchin as head of state School Building Authority


David Sneed, a former state School Building Authority employee, will replace Mark Manchin as the organization’s executive director.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday that Sneed, current director of con...

Likely W.Va. schools chief leaves budget problems behind in Maryland


Michael Martirano, who is expected to be elected as the new West Virginia schools superintendent on Tuesday, is leaving his district in Maryland at a controversial time, following an investigation into the school system&...