New school year on the horizon

By Hayley M. Cook

August 6, 2014

By Hayley M. Cook


WILLIAMSON – Classes at Mingo County schools will resume in one week, and Mingo County School Superintendent Rob Bobbera shared some advice for how parents can prepare their children the night before.

“When I was a parent, it was important for me to make sure they got a good night’s sleep, were fed and ready to start a wonderful new year,” Bobbera said. “I think it’s important to be positive and supportive of your children. For me, being positive is the key.”

Students will return to school on Aug. 14. Administrative Director of Curriculum Judy McCoy said that the school provides the necessities for students and no school supply lists were sent out for them.

“Most of the kids still want to bring their own stuff,” she said, laughing. “I see it every year. It’s like a big treat for some of these kids to go and pick out their own school supplies.”

McCoy added that, although students do not need to bring supplies, donations of tissues, hand sanitizer and various cleaning/sanitary items are welcomed by all teachers.

Teachers go back to school Monday, but Bobbera and McCoy said they already have begun the preparation process for the new academic year.

“A lot of teachers go early and get their classrooms ready,” McCoy said. “They clean their rooms, get everything organized, organize their lessons plans and spend time decorating, as well. They don’t have to go back early, but many of them do this every single year because they truly want to.”

Bobbera agreed, saying, “That goes back to what I say all of the time about our teachers. They are extremely dedicated. They go back before they actually need to and devote their extra time to prepare for their students. It just showcases how great our teachers are and how much they care about Mingo County students.”

Teachers will spend August 11-13, the three days before students come back, to prepare for the new school year. The first day, known as “plan and prep day,” allows teachers to focus on preparing their rooms, while the second two days are spent training and educating teachers about new policies, procedures and school functions.

Kindergarten students go back on Aug. 18 and pre-K students return on Aug. 25.

Bobbera, who has been superintendent since July 1, and was assistant superintendent for four years before that, said his new position has been going really well.

“I’m excited about the direction our schools are going in. We have wonderful teachers and school staff, and I would honestly put them up against any county in the state of West Virginia,” he said. “We also have outstanding students and parents that are very supportive, so I expect great things for the future.

“I believe we will continue to see tremendous progress and work together to move Mingo to the top of the list in West Virginia,” Bobbera said.