Elkins Rotary Club updated on Randolph County schools

Terry George, superintendent of Randolph County schools, thanked Elkins Rotary Club members for their support of education Monday while providing an update on the county school system.

George, along with Jonathan Paine, director of technology, shared information about the county’s goals, accomplishments and technology upgrades.

“The goal of Randolph County schools is to provide a system of education that ensures all students graduate from high school prepared for success in high-quality post-secondary opportunities, including college and/or careers,” George said.

George said the students did well on the last assessment.

“In this county, 71.4 percent of the schools came back with a designation of transition or success, which are the top two categories,” George said. “We had no priority schools, and we are working on the four schools not in the top two to assure the gap is closed in the subgroups.”

George discussed another recent success involving the Randolph Technical Center.

“That school was named as a School of Excellence,” George said. “Only 10 other schools out of more than 500 West Virginia Schools were named Schools of Excellence. We are very proud of our staff.”

Randolph County schools are implementing the Next Generation Standards, he said.

“The Common Core Curriculum had been adopted by 44 of the 50 states,” George said. “The purpose is to generate and produce a set of standards that puts our students on the same plane with students across the United States. The curriculum is based on student-centered classrooms.

“Through this curriculum, students are taking ownership of their learning,” George said. “They are fully engaged in the learning process, learning and applications are project-based and teachers act as facilitators in learning.”

George said the learning process is not so much about the curriculum as it is about common sense.

“It is about getting students ready for work, whether that be college, career training or entering the work force,” George said.

Paine said all Randolph County schools have broadband and wireless internet and filters on the computers to block inappropriate websites.

“Our goal is to prepare our students to be successful in the 21st century,” Paine said. “We are teaching digital citizenship and safety on computers. We are also providing the tools schools need to enhance student achievement.”

George said the WESTEST will be taken online this year.

“This will help with our turnaround time with results,” George said. “With the on-line testing, we should receive our results within two to three weeks.”

George said the economy will only grow and be successful if education grows.

“Every day we ask ourselves ‘Who do we work for?'” George said. “We work for the kids – that is why we do what we do.”