During Monday's Randolph County Board of Education meeting, three vocational agriculture teachers spoke about their programs.
Wendy Thurston, from Elkins High School, said the curriculum changes from the state make her program difficult.
"In 2010 to 2011, forest management was a second class requirement," Thurston said. "In 2011, the requirements changed to add the science of agriculture, and in 2012, the requirements changed again, even though the students had already completed their schedules for the upcoming year."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Wendy Thurston, vocational agricultural instructor at Elkins High School, updates those in attendance about her program during the Randolph County Board of Education meeting Monday. Thurston said the Elkins High School Forestry Team ranks first in the region.
Thurston said every year it has been difficult to keep up with the changes.
"I feel like I am on an iceberg that keeps cracking under my feet," Thurston said.
Some community service projects Thurston's students have been involved in include giving poinsettia to nursing homes, Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs, teacher appreciation, kid's workshops, trash pick up, trail clean up and deer check-in during Thanksgiving week.
Donley Teter, from Harman School, said he has 33 students in his classes.
"This represents about one-third of the (school's) students," Teter said.
Teter said his class had one delegate to the State FFA convention in Ripley.
"We utilize lots of hands-on materials," Teter said. "Our projects help students with real world experiences."
Teter said his class tore down and utilized the salvage wood for projects.
"We made wood duck boxes in our wildlife management class," he said. "The students learned lots of skills."
Tygarts Valley instructor Hannah Sundberg said she has 95 students enrolled in her classes this semester.
"We completed 20 projects utilizing 4,200 hours," Sundberg said.
Projects the Tygarts Valley High School students participated in include the National Farm Machinery Day, the West Virginia Beef Expo, Regional Public Speaking Contest, Farm Science review, Ohio State University Vet Hospital tour, the Randolph County Fair Education Day and the National Future Farmers of America Convention.
Five schools will make Local School Improvement Council reports at the Randolph County Board of Education special session at 6 p.m. Thursday at the central office. Harman School, Elkins Third Ward Elementary School, Coalton Elementary School, Jennings Randolph Elementary School and North Elementary School will each give presentations during this special session.