Randolph BOE purchases math program

Randolph County students in grades 2 through 8 will reap the benefits of a new learning program for math skills which was approved for purchase during Monday’s Randolph County Board of Education meeting.

According to the Renaissance Learning STAR MATH website, the program helps instructors determine the mastery of math skills for each student, enabling the teacher to personalize instruction and practice, schedule interventions if necessary and help forecast student performance on state tests.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Mike Hinchman, CEO of Valley Health Care in Mill Creek, updated members about being the new on-site health provider for Tygarts Valley Middle and High School, George Ward Elementary, Homestead Elementary, Third Ward Elementary and Elkins Middle School. Hinchman said he expected the services for the pilot program to be up and running within the next 60 days.

The board was approached in March about the possibility of on-site health care in some schools in Randolph County. Hinchman made two presentations to the board, stating that allowing Valley Health Care to provide the services would provide “seamless continuity” because most of the students were already patients. The board voted unanimously in August to set up the pilot program.

The next Randolph County Board of Education meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the central office.