Wayne County Schools address test opt-out debate

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WAYNE — As students throughout the state are taking or currently preparing to take the Smarter Balance testing assessments, a battle between the state and parents is brewing in Wayne County.

According to multiple sources including Wayne County Schools Superintendent Sandra Pertee, nearly 200 students brought testing opt-out forms to Spring Valley High School that were signed by parents and stated their child would not participate in this week’s testing. The action forced Pertee and Director of Assessment for Wayne County Schools John Waugaman to take immediate action.

Students who had turned in forms were called to an assembly where Pertee and Waugaman explained that there were no laws stating students can opt out of the testing. The assembly was recorded by several students prompting parents to go to social media to voice their anger.

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FELT THE EARTH MOVE – Sammy Coy points to the tree that slid down in a landslide Tuesday that knocked his home off its foundation. Coy expressed his concerns about the tree falling on electric lines and onto W.Va. 152. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Landslide takes out trailer

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HUNTINGTON - Candace Coy thought she heard a tornado approaching her home on W.Va. 152 near German Ridge Hill.

But, it was not a tornado.

It was part of the hill behind her home sliding and knocking her mobile home off its foundation, as she and family members were inside. The home moved several inches off its foundation.

“Everything began to break, and the trailer was shaking,” said Candace Coy, who was inside with her mother, Tracy Swimm, and brother, Eric Swimm. “I looked out and saw the hill sliding. It was so loud I couldn’t hear anything.”

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WHAT IS IT – Sam M. Ash, grand master of Masons in West Virginia, watches a past grand master pull out a 1921 issue of The Wayne County News during the opening of the time casket Saturday at the Ceredo-Kenova Community Center. The time casket was placed in the cornerstone at the time of construction of the former Ceredo-Kenova High School building. WCN photo by Diane Pottorff

Cornerstone ‘Time casket’ reflects 1921 Ceredo, Kenova


KENOVA – An event nearly a century in the making came to pass when a “time casket” found in the cornerstone of Ceredo-Kenova High School was opened during a ceremony at the Ceredo-Kenova War Memorial and Community Center on Saturday.

More than 100 people packed into the center, where Grand Lodge Masons of West Virginia opened the casket, which was discovered in the school’s cornerstone during demolition last fall.

The casket was placed in the cornerstone by the Masons in 1921 as the school was being built, and its discovery had been a surprise to Masons as well as school officials, said Wayne County Board of Education President Trey Morrone.

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Man dies after being stabbed

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KENOVA - A Kenova man died from a stab wound he received early Tuesday morning after an altercation with a neighbor.

Kenova Police Lt. Steve Perry and Officer Christ Cole responded to the 1800 block of Sycamore Street where they found Alan James Parson, 26, lying on the sidewalk with a single stab wound to the abdomen around 8 a.m. He later died at a Huntington hospital, according to Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman.

Mossman said the case remains under investigation, but said the call was domestic in nature, stemming from a Facebook post.

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State recommens oversight for county schools

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WAYNE - The state’s education audits department is recommending additional oversight of Wayne County schools after on-site reviews found various policy violations that “impede a thorough and efficient system of schools.”

The Office of Education Performance Audits, a division of the West Virginia Department of Education that conducts on-site reviews of schools in every county, visited Wayne County earlier this year and reported its findings to the state Board of Education last week.

According to an April 12, Charleston Daily Mail story, the audits department reviewed Wayne County schools and found numerous Board of Education policy violations in staffing and leadership.

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