School News

Morgan County Schools approved for digital literacy pilot program, reconfigures director positions

by KATE EVANS Morgan County Schools is one of five West Virginia counties that were approved for the Mountain State Digital Literacy Pilot Program. The other counties approved for the pilot program are Kanawha County, Clay County, Gilmer County and Marion County. Morgan County Schools Superintendent Kristen Tuttle said it’s a five-year pilot project. The digital…

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Paw Paw Class of 2020 graduates in sunny ceremony

by KATE SHUNNEY Rain moved out of the area well in time to let the Paw Paw High School Class of 2020 finally gather together for a graduation ceremony on Friday night. A dozen of the class’s 14 graduates were seated, spaced apart, at the edge of the school’s front loop on July 31 as the sun…

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Delayed and damp, Berkeley Springs High School Class of 2020 graduates

by KATE SHUNNEY A football field of wet grass marked off in grids, families under umbrellas and graduates mingling on the bleachers above it all – that’s what the Berkeley Springs High School graduation looked like for the Class of 2020 on Thursday night. A storm system pushed the start of the July 30 commencement ceremonies…

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Families who opt for Virtual School must register by Monday

by KATE EVANS Morgan County Schools is offering a K-12 virtual school option along with an in-school option for students for the 2020-2021 school year due to health concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus. Families that aren’t comfortable sending their children to in-person school can choose the virtual school option. Registration for the Morgan County Virtual…

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School board hears first reading of Virtual Education policy

by Kate Evans At their July 6 meeting the Morgan County School Board held their first reading of the following policies: the virtual education policy, dual credit policy (county specific), self-administered medication and epinephrine use, use of epinephrine auto-injectors by personnel (3165 and 4165), use of medications and control of casual-contact communicable diseases (special update-COVID).…

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Senior classes miss the chance to spend their special funds

by KATE EVANS Morgan County School seniors ended one of the most historic school years in memory without the usual pomp and celebration. Their proms, senior trips, senior athletic competitions and shows were cancelled by school closures, and traditional graduations delayed. Among the other losses, local seniors also won’t be able to spend the money they…

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School board members, school superintendent sworn in

by KATE EVANS Re-elected Morgan County School Board members John Rowland and Pete Gordon were sworn in for their new four-year term on the school board at their June 30 morning meeting at the Morgan County Board of Education office. Morgan County Commissioner Joel Tuttle administered the oath of office to them. Gordon and Rowland were…

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School committees discuss virtual school, funding and reentry planning

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Schools strategic planning committee met on May 11 to discuss CARES funding possibilities, virtual school, homebound instruction, the Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) and other issues. The committee considered how to use the preliminary ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) relief funding that totaled $486,909.  The recommended priority was remote…

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