Pocahontas Board of Education votes to save math teaching position 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Students, teachers, and citizens spoke, and the Pocahontas County Board of Education listened. Following weeks of speculation over proposed academic cuts to make up for a budget shortfall, the Pocahontas County Board of Education voted on Monday night to save a math position which had been slated for reduction. Students staged protests […]

Pocahontas Board of Education expected to consider academic cuts at Monday’s meeting  

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Several weeks ago, students at Pocahontas County High School walked out of their classrooms to protest proposed academic cuts. Specifically, the students believe several math and science positions are being considered for elimination.  Initially, the students were suspended by school officials for their actions, but those suspensions were downgraded to unexcused […]

Pocahontas leaders change student suspensions to unexcused absences

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV Pocahontas County Schools Superintendent Lynne Bostic wrote a letter on Wednesday to parents regarding students suspended for protesting academic cuts at their school. She informed them that the suspensions would not be recorded on their records and would instead be recorded as unexcused absences. “Our administration is hopeful that this good […]

WVU faculty vote no confidence in Gee, 797-100

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV In December 2021, WVU President Gordon Gee and Provost Maryanne Reed survived a vote of no confidence when 103 faculty senators voted no and only 20 voted yes. Over the last ten months which saw proposed major reductions in faculty and academic programs as a result of a $45 million budget […]

Students & alumni say they’re heartbroken over WVU academic cuts

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV The day after hundreds of students protested proposed academic cuts at West Virginia University, a group of undergraduate students, alumni, and graduate students showed up to Tuesday’s Board of Governors meeting to give voice to their opposition. They all spoke about their own programs–Math, English, and Music–which are proposed for full […]

WVU announces deep academic cuts in response to budget shortfall 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV In response to a $45-million budget shortfall announced by administration officials earlier this year, today West Virginia University released a full list of recommended academic cuts.  “After several months of review that included input from deans, department chairs, faculty and others,” says an article posted to their website, “West Virginia University […]