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Fayette school bond supporters sense hope in election

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MEADOW BRIDGE, W.Va. — The abrupt January closure of Collins Middle School’s seventh-and-eighth-grade building has fueled an effort to pass Fayette County’s first b...

Mountain State U students still not paid from settlement

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Mountain State University students still haven’t received their portions of a settlement with the school that judges approved in late February.

The settlement totaled more t...

State school board shuts down Berkeley Co. facility after string of runaways

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The West Virginia Board of Education voted last week to stop providing education services at a Berkeley County facility that’s been investigated over reports of safety lapses and runaway residents.

In Decemb...

Some Kanawha teachers may start using new science standards early

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West Virginia’s largest school district is seeking to get a limited head start on teaching new statewide science standards — the first to require Mountain State students to learn about the evidence for huma...

State school board furthers year-round coaching policy

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The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to put out for 30-day public comment period policy changes that would allow year-round coaching by certified middle and high school coaches.

Current policy allo...

W.Va. tuition rising as state cuts funding

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While 37 states increased per-student higher education funding for this academic year, West Virginia was one of the 13 that cut it, and one of only five that cut it by more than $100 per student, acc...

Rush delayed, medical amnesty policy implemented in WVU Greek life changes

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West Virginia University’s new vice president of student life is delaying the start of rush for Greek organizations and pushing a policy that will allow students to avoid university punishments when seeking help f...

West Side community members raise concerns about project

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Community members who led the creation of a program to help students, their parents and the wider population of Charleston’s struggling West Side say they feel they have been sidelined as the program has changed.<...

Kanawha library panel finds plan too expensive

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County Public Library committee formed to make recommendations on building a new main branch has agreed that the original, 120,000-square-foot concept is likely too expensive and that...

W.Va. public colleges score low in new earnings rankings

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A new study puts several public West Virginia universities near the bottom of a national list of about 850 public and private four-year schools, in terms of how well their graduates exceed expected earnings.

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WVU media college dean to head school’s largest academic unit

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The head of West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media will become interim dean of the school’s largest academic unit July 1.

Maryanne Reed, who’s been dean of the media college for over...

McDowell students released from hospital after bus crash

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All McDowell County students involved in a bus crash Tuesday afternoon have been released from the hospital, the county’s schools superintendent says.

Nelson Spencer said he believes 14 of the Fall River El...

Patients urged to question doctors about treatments, tests

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Every time your doctor suggests a procedure, you should ask about the risks and benefits.

That’s the most important question, said Dr. S. Shawn Groves, chief of staff for Charleston Area Medical Center. The...

Raleigh, Harrison students receive national honor

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An aspiring doctor in Raleigh County and a Harrison County athlete working to improve the state’s response to sports-related concussions have been named among the 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars this year.

Ea...

Kanawha schools lost instructors due to miscalculation by state department

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The state Department of Education’s miscalculation of which schools have the highest percentage of needy students caused more Kanawha County schools to receive federal Title I funding this academic year, but recen...

WVU approves 10 percent increase for in-state students

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West Virginia University’s Board of Governors approved Friday a nearly 10 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state students on its Morgantown campus and a nearly 5 percent increase for out-of-state studen...

Bluefield State board chairman resigns after email

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It’s a common but embarrassing mistake: replying to an email with a response meant for only some on a message chain, but accidentally hitting “reply all” and sending your thoughts to more people than...

WVU considering 10 percent increase in in-state tuition

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Today, West Virginia University administrators will propose to the school’s Board of Governors a nearly 10 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state students on its Morgantown campus and a nearly 5 percent...

Marshall seeking to balance budget without tuition increase

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Marshall University is trying to draft a balanced general budget for the 2015-16 academic year without a general tuition increase, interim President Gary White told the school’s Board of Governors Wednesday.

New Capital principal has local roots

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Although people at Monday’s Kanawha County school board meeting called him an “outsider,” Larry Bailey, Capital High School’s new principal, has local roots.

And while his current Kentu...

Amid shouted protests, Kanawha school board hires new Capital High principal

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A position that opened amid controversy was filled amid controversy Monday night as the Kanawha County school board unanimously approved hiring a new leader for its largest school.

Larry Bailey was selected as pri...

New WVU campus building to host restaurants, Media Innovation Center

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West Virginia University expects to begin operating a new, more than $30 million building next school year that will house restaurants for students on its Evansdale campus in Morgantown, become the new home for several i...

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.

V...

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...