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Randolph BOE hears reports from 5 schools

November 14, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

The Randolph County Board of Education heard reports from five local school improvement councils at Tygarts Valley High/Middle School Tuesday, and learned about each school's accomplishments.

Local school improvement councils from Homestead Elementary, George Ward Elementary, Valley Head Elementary, Pickens and Tygarts Valley High/Middle school made reports to the board. All of the schools utilized technology to show accomplishments at their school.

Homestead Elementary Principal Diane Hall showed a video that highlighted the school achieving Adequate Yearly Progress on the West Test 2 and Hall being named a West Virginia National Distinguished Principal.

"One of the goals is to increase independent reading," the narrator of the video said. "Students read to the principal throughout the year."

The school is also making use of technology that was funded by the excess levy. Students have been using iPads and a new computer lab, both purchased from the levy funding. The levy also provided the school with new furniture and blinds.

Some of the accomplishments of the school include four state social study fair winners and an exercise program in the classrooms.

The school also highlighted needs at the school which included upgraded plumbing and electrical, an elevator and an indoor fire escape.

School board member Ed Tyre said he liked the school's fitness program and would like to see more schools follow suite.

George Ward Elementary Principal Frances McLaughlin also showed a video to the board.

"We are a school on the move," McLaughlin said in the video. "We are moving forward."

The video highlighted the schools' reading program that has been successful. According to the video, excess levy funding helped with the purchase of two mobile computer labs at the school.

"The mobile lab has given us the ability to do things we have never done before," the video stated.

"We are really blessed to have the teachers we do at the school," PTSO President Jenny Lanham told the board after the video. "We have seen a great increase in the parents coming out to help."

Pickens School Principal Diane Betler also showed a video created by Pickens' LSIC.

The video highlighted the school's success in meeting AYP and other student achievements including five young writer's award winners.

The school has also seen success with its Archery in the Schools Team. Several students qualified for the National Archery in the Schools tournament.

Levy funding helped the school purchase laptops for students, software, classroom supplies, a lawn mower and a "high end digital camera."

The school listed playground equipment, soccer goals and a backstop for a softball field as needs.

TVHS Principal Steve Wamsley made use of a PowerPoint slideshow for his presentation. He said the school has seen success with its advisor/advisee program.

The school places students with a teacher throughout their middle school career and then with a teacher for their high school career. He said the program has allowed for students to have another adult who they can talk to and receive advice from.

He said the Globoria program has been successful at the school, noting that students did well in a state competition. The program teaches students how to create educational video games.

Wamsley said the school is working to establish a girl's soccer team.

Needs at the school include a new gymnasium, new theater equipment, an electrical upgrade, more parking and cameras in the parking lots.

"We could also use more teachers," he said.

"We lost two positions this year and gained more students."

Valley Head Elementary was the last school to make a presentation. According to the video the school met AYP and used levy funding to improve the school.

The levy helped purchase new playground equipment, new computers, tables, chairs, bleachers, blinds and school supplies. According to the video the school does not have any immediate needs but has wants that includes paving the bus loop, new sidewalks and security cameras.



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