Technical Center teachers honored

The Randolph County Board of Education honored the Randolph Technical Center Monday for recently being named a West Virginia School of Excellence.

“It truly is an accomplishment for you and your staff and an honor for Randolph County Schools,” Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Terry George told Don Johnson, director of the school, during Monday’s BOE meeting.

“There were lots and lots of hoops to jump through to achieve that goal, but the reason these folks are exemplary is the work they put in every day, working with students and parents,” Johnson said.

A large group of Technical Center staff members attended Monday’s meeting, and Johnson said working with them was “a family situation.”

“Every single person here and every one who could not make it tonight is a treasure,” Johnson said. “I appreciate them with all my heart.”

The board approved the $7,544 purchase of four lab-volt exploring electricity trainers for the Power and Energy program at the Technical Center. Johnson said the program, under the direction of instructor Jeff Broschart, focuses on alternate power.

“We’ve been given a $50,000 (West Virginia Department of Education) grant to pilot this program over two years,” Johnson said.

Madison Collett, the student representative to the BOE from Elkins High School, gave board members a presentation on the Technical Center.

“Everyone in the school, not only the teachers but the students also, are proud of being a West Virginia School of Excellence,” Collett said.