- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s new superintendent of schools says he plans to focus on improving student attendance and graduation rates.

Michael Martirano told the Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1vitZ3Q ) he’ll release his 10-point plan to the public later this month.

Among other things, it calls for focusing on pre-K and early intervention programs. Martirano also told the newspaper he will eliminate the programs in the public school system that aren’t working.

Martirano said he’s also interested in exploring more environmental friendly efforts in schools, exploring later start times and cutting back on long bus routes.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com

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