By Kyle Lovern
November 12, 2013
The Mingo County Board of Education recently received a presentation from Administrative Assistant Judy McCoy on the strategic plan for the local school system for 2013-14.
McCoy highlighted the four main goals of the plan. They are ( 1.) to increase the percentage of proficient students in Mathematics by six percent on the 2014 Achievement Test; (2.) to increase the percentage of proficient students in English Language Arts by five percent on the test; (3.) to increase the number of students completing a CTE Career Pathway by 10 percent; and (4.) to increase the percentage of highly qualified teachers from 93.8 percent to 95 percent in 2014.
Some of the action steps in the first two goals will be to have instructional coaches that will provide professional development to implement WV NxGen Standards.
McCoy outlined several other action steps in her power point presentation to the board members and Superintendent Randy Keathley.
The board was told there would be action steps taken to achieve the goals. Some of those would be to measure student progress, to determine grade level weaknesses, to make adjustments to guide instruction, to determine individual student weaknesses and to develop interventions to meet student needs.
All Mingo County teachers will participate in vertical teaming in order to understand the learning progression in grades K-12.
The local school system is contracting with RESA 2 to hire administrative coaches to provide support for the staff at all middle schools in Mingo County.
Some of the action goals will be after school tutoring, interventions and enrichment activities.
In Mathematics, new teachers will receive Carnegie training to support the curriculum implementation. Teachers will follow guidelines to ensure appropriate topic emphases by cluster.
There will be other action steps in English Language Arts and for Special Education.
The students in Mingo County will continue to be provided with free meals through the Community Eligibility Option. Wellness coaches will be placed at each school to encourage a healthy, active school environment to enable students to maximize their full learning potential.
There will also be some Dual Credit programs with WVU to provide students the chance to earn college credit at no cost to them.
The Simulated Workplace pilot program will be implemented in the CTE program to create real world work experiences.
There will also be tuition reimbursement available for teachers in the critical shortage areas that are needed in the county. The Transition to Teaching and Teacher in Residence program is already in use and will continue to be available to teachers in certain areas.
Teachers who are not highly qualified will be assisted by Mingo County Schools, RESA 2 and Higher Ed with developing a pathway to become “highly qualified.”
Mingo County Schools will participate at college, career and educator fairs across the state in order to recruit teachers in critical shortage areas.
There will also be professional development training available, McCoy told the BOE members.
Board President Bill Duty, Vice President Mike Carter and members Orville Messer and Cheetah Marcum were present at the meeting. Board member Dave Farley was not able to attend the November meeting. This turned out to be Carter’s last BOE meeting. He was appointed as a Mingo County Commissioner last week and this new position will not allow him to serve as a board member too. Carter had been a BOE member for about 11 years.