150th birthday commemoration coin sells out
CHARLESTON — Coins minted to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday are now in the hands of collectors.
The commemorative silver rounds sold out Monday. Online sales had begun just after midnight. Officials say they were gone by 11:15 a.m.
The state minted 1,863 of the coins, to reflect the year West Virginia gained statehood. They depict the official sesquicentennial logo on one side and a detailed engraving of the state seal on the other. They sold for $49 each. West Virginia split from Virginia during the Civil War. Activities commemorating the state’s birth are leading up to a major celebration in Charleston that runs from June 20 through the June 23 anniversary of statehood. The state also issued a commemorative coin in 1963, when it turned 100. Those have become collector’s items.
‘Fort’ teacher rehired: A Wood County teacher who put a box labeled “bad kid fort” around a special-needs student will return to the classroom in the fall. The county Board of Education unanimously voted this week to rehire Amanda Terrell, a move that reversed a March decision to not renew the Parkersburg High School teacher’s contract. Terrell had been suspended for five days without pay earlier
this year. Beth Dean and Jeff Richards have said a teacher humiliated their 15-year-old son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, when she
put the cardboard box around his seat because of his behavior in the classroom. Board member Tad Wilson said that he agreed with Schools Superintendent Pat Law’s recommendation to add Terrell to the rehire list for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Parkersburg High administrators and a teachers’ union both endorsed Terrell as a good teacher, Wilson said. Terrell was one of three teachers who were not on the rehire list approved by the board in March. Jesse Young, another Parkersburg High School who
was suspended over a student dance video, also was added to the rehire list this week. Law said the third teacher, who was not identified, will not be rehired. A May 21 hearing scheduled on a grievance filed by Terrell has been cancelled.
Record trout caught in Berkeley County: The Divisionof Natural Resources says a record rainbow trout was caught in Berkeley County.
DNR director Frank Jezioro says the trout was caught by Tony Corbin of Gerrardstown on May 2 from a private pond. The fish weighed 17.3 pounds. Corbin used a swimbait on 10pound test line to catch the fish. The previous weight record for a rainbow trout was a 15.65pound fish set in 2005. The length of the fish caught by Corbin was 30.5 inches. That fell short of the state record of 31.7 inches set in 1993.
Students ignore sign offer: So much for amnesty. The city of Morgantown says not a single West Virginia University student took advantage of a program allowing them to return stolen street signs without penalty. Students often claim souvenirs of their college careers, and the practice has become expensive for the city. It offered to accept signs with no questions asked. But as of Friday, only 16 signs were turned in — and all of them by landlords. Assistant Public Works Director Lyle Matthews says they typically find them while cleaning
out apartments at the end of the year. Morgantown has experimented with different kinds of signs to deter theft.
Officials have settled on a stronger pole with supports several inches thick — instead of a thin, metal sign that’s often pliable enough to remove.
Student sanctions down: West Virginia University is seeing a decline in malicious burning cases involving students.
An annual report by the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee shows the number of malicious burning violations declined
from 21 in the 2011-2012academic year to nine in the past school year. Dean of Students Corey Farris says that the decrease is partly
due to increased awareness about the possible punishments and dangers for starting fires. More than 40 street fires were
deliberately set last October following the WVU football team’s win over Texas. The report says the number of total sanctions against students for non-academic conduct, such as assaults and vandalism, declined from 138 to 131.
Sanctions included 20 expulsions, 17 suspensions, 18 for community service and three behavior reflection papers.
— From the Associated Press