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WVSU hosting gala to help meet $18M goal

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West Virginia State University has amassed almost $12 million toward its $18 million capital campaign goal, and it will recognize those who helped it raise that much — and ask supporters for more — at its u...

Kanawha library selling VHS, cassette collections, renovating branch

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The Kanawha County Public Library’s main branch in Charleston is freeing up space for visitors, in part by knocking down walls and selling its roughly 1,500 VHS films and 400 sets of books on cassette.

In Sa...

WVSU raises tuition, approves budget

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West Virginia State University’s Board of Governors Thursday approved tuition and fee increases — including a roughly 7 percent jump for in-state undergraduates — along with its 2015-16 budget Thursd...

UC starts work on $16.5 million complex

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Hundreds of students applauded from bleachers inside the 1940s-eras Eddie King Gym, as University of Charleston officials officially opened construction on the $16.5 million Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center,. ...

West Liberty re-evaluating closing campus buildings

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After the West Liberty University Board of Governors approved a 2015-16 budget last week that planned to cut costs through closing three campus buildings, interim President John McCullough said Wednesday the school is no...

Kanawha school board OKs property tax rate reduction

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha County school board Tuesday gave unanimous final approval to slightly lower property tax rates to support the state’s largest school district.

Someone with a home asses...

Is teacher absenteeism really a problem?

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State school board member Wade Linger recently said that in some counties teachers are missing more days than their students. State education officials acknowledge there may be a problem but co...

Community college system approves master plan, tuition increases

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Only about 14 percent of full-time students who entered West Virginia community colleges for their first time in 2011 graduated within three years.

The Community and Technical College System, which oversees the st...

Putnam’s Camp High-Tor unites children from all backgrounds

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When he was 5, his mother died of a drug overdose. Two weeks later, his father followed suit.

Through scholarship money, the child, now being raised by his elderly ...

Teacher retirements, enrollment drop affect Kanawha schools budget

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The lowest student enrollment in at least two decades and the continuing retirement of experienced teachers will drop state funding for Kanawha County’s next school year by more than $3.4 million.

Next month...

Kanawha library loses out on $4 million in pledged funds

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Kanawha County Public Library officials say the Clay Foundation will not provide its pledged $5 million to purchase property for a new main library branch, but will transfer to the library about $950,000 worth of propert...

Amended science standards called ‘progress’

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Some groups that denounced now-rejected changes to West Virginia’s upcoming K-12 science standards regarding global warming are disappointed in new modifications but view them as less harmful ...

Giles not among Capital High principal applicants

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Former Capital High School principal Clinton Giles, who said his career was unfairly cut short when he was charged for failing to report a sexual assault at his school, did not apply to regain his lo...

W.Va. Board of Education OKs science standards with edit of temperature ‘change,’ instead of ‘rise’

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The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday adopted new K-12 science education standards, but not without adding changes suggested by board member Wade Linger to the teaching of global warming.

The amendments...

W.Va. school board denies all make-up-day forgiveness requests

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The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday denied requests by all 27 school districts that applied for make-up-day forgiveness, meaning they’ll have to further extend their last days of school to meet the n...

Chemical leak shuts down Main Street in Spencer

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A chemical leak shut down part of Main Street in Spencer Tuesday night, according to a Roane County 911 dispatcher.

An unknown amount of the chemical leaked out of plastic containers on a truck parked across from ...

UC signs lease for new Beckley location

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The University of Charleston is moving its Beckley location from the former Mountain State University campus to a previous site of New River Community and Technical College, and a UC spokeswoman said the school hopes to ...

Kanawha superintendent gets raise, extension

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Kanawha County school board members approved Monday a one-year contract extension and raise for their superintendent, after amending the contract to reduce the proposed pay increase.

Ron ...

Commenters favor new K-12 science curriculum

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The vast majority of official comments on new statewide K-12 science standards — the first to require teaching about global warming in mandatory courses — were in favor of them, according to the West Virgin...

UC’s planned sports, academic center gets $1 million gift

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Two longtime donors have given $1 million to the University of Charleston’s planned Russell and Martha Wehrle Innovation Center, a sports and academic complex set to begin construction next month.

John and ...

Citing larger problems, Tomblin vetoes funds for Schools for Deaf and Blind

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill last week — passed nearly unanimously by both houses of the Legislature — that would have made the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind e...

Kanawha Schools superintendent likely to get $4,700 raise

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Kanawha County school board members are scheduled to vote Monday on a one-year contract extension for their superintendent and a proposed raise of about $4,700.

Ron...

Fayette voters to consider bond to fix schools

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Fayette County residents will vote June 13 on raising property taxes to fix pressing school building problems, construct new schools, renovate others and fund a controversial consolidation of three high schools.

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Law could restrict snow-day forgiveness in W.Va.

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County school districts in West Virginia might still have to make up all missed snow days this academic year, despite efforts to find them some exemptions.

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WVSU names new finance leader

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West Virginia State University will have a new vice president for business and finance starting July 1.

WVSU President Brian O. Hemphill announced Tuesday that William H. Featherstone, currently controller and assi...

Meeting on WVU Tech’s future draws over 100

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West Virginia University’s consideration of moving the WVU Institute of Technology out of its 120-year-old campus in Montgomery brought more than 100 people to a city-sponsored meeting Monday night.

The crow...

Tech creates new girls-only STEM summer camp

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The West Virginia University Institute of Technology is dividing its decade-old Camp STEM to create a version for girls only.

Kimberlyn Gray, a Tech assistant professor of chemical engineering and academic directo...

Teacher pay bill directly affects few, but could have broad effect

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill last week mandating $2,000 pay raises for teachers, but those raises go only to a small or nonexistent number of teachers in “persistently low-performing...

West Virginia student leaders meet federal officials in Washington

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A Charleston high school student was among 104 students nationwide who met with President Barack Obama and several other federal officials in Washington D.C. this month as a part of the United States Senate Youth Program...

Retiring chancellor gets new role in W.Va. community college system

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The 11-year leader of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System will receive a $152,500 annual salary to stay with the organization past his June 30 retirement.

Tomblin approves $7 million in higher education cuts

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the 2015-16 state budget bill Monday evening, but not before cutting roughly $2.8 million more from higher education than legislators had approved.

That’s according to a review b...

School building agency prepared to cap funding

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The head of the West Virginia School Building Authority said the agency may not dole out certain funding in the coming months after state legislators cut $8 million for school improvements from the state budget.

SB...

Report: W.Va. needs more early childhood education

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West Virginia has made significant progress in providing early childhood education in the past decade, according to new data released by Kids Count, but the nonprofit group says the state needs to do more.

From 20...

Kanawha schools superintendent gets good grade, raise may be ahead

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After meeting in closed session for more than an hour Monday, Kanawha County school board members said they had given their superintendent a positive annual evaluation – and one member said the others favor of a r...

After a half-century without them, Bluefield State to build dorms

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Bluefield State College is planning to build its first dormitory since it shuttered all on-campus housing in 1968, after a bombing believed to be connected to the school’s shift from a predomi...

W.Va. Sweet Briar grads say closure would be tragic

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West Virginia graduates of Sweet Briar College say they received an excellent education in the small classes offered on the Virginia school’s scenic, 3,250 acres — a campus set to close after more than cent...

Buyer interested in former West Side schools

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A potential buyer is interested in the former J. E. Robins and Watts elementary schools, Kanawha County Schools’ superintendent said.

Ron Duerring would not tell the Gazette any more details about the inter...

Report: Aging W.Va. colleges need to spend more on existing buildings

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West Virginia’s aging four-year colleges and universities need $50 million of annual spending on deferred maintenance to not fall further behind in needed repairs and other work — an in...

WVSU opens $3.5M athletic complex

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When opposing football teams previously came to play the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets, the school had to set up a large tent for them near the field to change in.

“It just didn’t loo...

W.Va. lawmakers considering lower cuts to higher ed

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The House of Delegates and Senate are considering lower budget cuts to higher education than Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed, according to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

Sean O’Leary, policy ...

Hughes Creek residents evacuated due to potential mine blowout

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BELLE, W.Va. -- Residents in the Hughes Creek community in eastern Kanawha County were being asked to leave their homes late Friday night due to a potential mine blowout.

The state Department of Environmental Prote...

Higher education agency delays reauthorizing university

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Friday reauthorized all public four-year colleges and private institutions in the state — save for West Virginia and Marshall universities, which are exempt fro...

Kanawha school property taxes will likely decrease

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When bills go out in July, Kanawha County residents will likely see a slight decrease in the portion of their property taxes that funds schools.

Someone with a home and vehicle assessed at a combined $115,000 will...

State school board approves make-up day waiver process

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County school districts may be allowed to make up fewer days after snow-day cancellations under a waiver process approved 6-1 by the West Virginia Board of Education Wednesday.

After April 1, school districts will...

Legislators sink attempt to return LGBT protections to charter schools bill

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West Virginia lawmakers passed to the full House of Delegates Tuesday a bill to allow a new kind of public school with many freedoms — including, gay rights supporters say, the ability to discriminate against lesb...

Kanawha school board considering employee raises

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The Kanawha County school board’s proposed budget for next school year includes a 2 percent raise for professional educators like teachers and principals and a 1 percent raise for service workers like cooks and bu...

WVU considering moving Tech to Beckley

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While West Virginia University officials have said the future of WVU Institute of Technology is secure, its Montgomery campus, where it’s been for 120 years, may not be.

In an inte...

Senate panel yanks repeal of Common Core

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislators have approved removing from a bill a mandatory repeal of the state’s Common Core standards — following great opposition from state education officials, who said the le...

Thousands of comments delay science standards vote

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The West Virginia Board of Education’s expected vote this week to adopt new K-12 science standards — the first to require teaching about global warming in mandatory courses — has been delayed due to ...

House Education Committee approves charter schools bill

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After more than three hours of discussion and votes on amendments that lasted until nearly midnight Wednesday, the House Education Committee passed a bill to allow charter schools in West Virginia.

The move came d...