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In March 2014, [[Kanawha County Schools elections (2014)|Kanawha County Schools]] made the decision to use tap water for drinking and cooking for the first time since the Freedom Industries chemical spill. Schools covered drinking fountains and provided bottled water for students in the aftermath of the January 2014 spill. The decision to move back to tap water came after [[Earl Ray Tomblin|Governor Earl Ray Tomblin]] lifted a state of emergency for the county and requested additional tests for traces of crude MCHM at more than 100 schools across the state. All but one school came back at non-detect levels of two parts per billion. The screening level was stricter than Tomblin's initial 10 parts per billion level and 500 times more protective than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's one part per million recommendation. Because crude MCHM wasn't detected at the strict screening levels, Kanawha County school officials lifted the ban on tap water. Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring said parents who do not want their children using tap water will need to send a note to their principal or teacher.
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Some parents in the district were unhappy that the district did not provide faster notification. Karan Ireland, a mother of two Kanawha County students, organized Citizens Actively Protecting the Environment and encouraged members to push the county to provide bottled water for the remainder of the school year. She believed the district deliberately did not give her group the opportunity to organize and that had parents been given that opportunity, they could have taken an inventory of the remaining bottled water and mobilized donation drives to bring in more supplies. She believed that many people do not drink tap water in their homes, and therefore students should not be drinking it in schools.<ref>[http://www.charlestondailymail.com/News/Education/201403040189?page=2&build=cache Samuel Speciale, ''Charleston Daily Mail,'' "Schools in Kanawha County begin to use tap water," March 5, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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K-12 Education in West Virginia
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Education facts
State Superintendent: James Phares
Number of students: 282,870[1]
Number of teachers: 20,247
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:14
Number of school districts: 57
Number of schools: 759
Graduation rate: 79%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $11,846[3]
See also
West Virginia Department of Education
West Virginia school districts
List of school districts in West Virginia
West Virginia
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Education policy project
Public education in the United States
Public education in West Virginia
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West Virginia is home to 57 school districts, 759 schools and 282,870 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education[5]
    • Gayle C. Manchin, President
    • Michael I. Green, Vice President
    • Thomas Campbell
    • Tina H. Combs
    • Robert W. Dunlevy
    • Lloyd G. Jackson, II
    • L. Wade Linger, Jr.
    • William M. White

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in West Virginia as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[6]

Demographic Information for West Virginia's K-12 Public School System
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 327 0.12% 1.10%
Asian 2,000 0.71% 4.68%
African American 14,266 5.04% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 100 0.04% 0.42%
Hispanic 3,368 1.19% 24.37%
White 259,435 91.72% 51.21%
Two or More 3,374 1.19% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

District's response to Freedom Industries chemical spill

In March 2014, Kanawha County Schools made the decision to use tap water for drinking and cooking for the first time since the Freedom Industries chemical spill. Schools covered drinking fountains and provided bottled water for students in the aftermath of the January 2014 spill. The decision to move back to tap water came after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin lifted a state of emergency for the county and requested additional tests for traces of crude MCHM at more than 100 schools across the state. All but one school came back at non-detect levels of two parts per billion. The screening level was stricter than Tomblin's initial 10 parts per billion level and 500 times more protective than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's one part per million recommendation. Because crude MCHM wasn't detected at the strict screening levels, Kanawha County school officials lifted the ban on tap water. Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring said parents who do not want their children using tap water will need to send a note to their principal or teacher.

Some parents in the district were unhappy that the district did not provide faster notification. Karan Ireland, a mother of two Kanawha County students, organized Citizens Actively Protecting the Environment and encouraged members to push the county to provide bottled water for the remainder of the school year. She believed the district deliberately did not give her group the opportunity to organize and that had parents been given that opportunity, they could have taken an inventory of the remaining bottled water and mobilized donation drives to bring in more supplies. She believed that many people do not drink tap water in their homes, and therefore students should not be drinking it in schools.[7]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: West Virginia school board elections, 2014

A total of nine West Virginia school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 26 seats. Each district held elections on May 13, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about West Virginia's school board elections in 2014:

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Kanawha County Schools with 28,458 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Mercer County Schools with 9,611 K-12 students.
  • All nine districts had three seats up for election in 2014.

The districts listed below served 125,813 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[8] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 West Virginia School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Berkley County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 17,720
Cabell County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 12,700
Harrison County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 11,128
Kanawha County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 28,458
Mercer County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 9,611
Monongalia County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 10,731
Putnam County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 9,631
Raleigh County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 12,372
Wood County Schools 5/13/2014 3 5 13,462


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