LENORE – Local School Improvement Councils (LSIC) from four Mingo County Schools made presentations before members of the Mingo County Board of Education (BOE) at a regular meeting, Tuesday Oct. 21.
The meeting was held at Lenore Pre K-8 and LSIC from schools from located in that area of Mingo County presented at the meeting. The presentations focused on how each school is progressing toward meeting the goals listed in the school’s strategic plan and identifying strengths and weaknesses at each school.
According to the West Virginia Department of Education, LSIC are mandated by the West Virginia Legislature to “collaborate with administrators and faculty to promote innovations and improvements in the teaching and learning environment in the schools. LSIC may propose alternatives to the operation of the school that will meet or exceed the high- quality standards established by the state board of education and will increase administrative efficiency, enhance the delivery of instructional programs, promote community involvement in the local school system, or improve educational performance of the school generally.”
Presentations were made by LSIC members from Dingess Elementary, Kermit PK-8, Lenore PK-8 and Tug Valley High School.
The first school to present was Dingess Elementary. The speaker for Dingess stressed that Dingess had met the goals listed in the school’s strategic plan. The music program offered at Dingess Elementary was also emphasized. Students at Dingess Elementary have music every day and have access to a piano keyboard lab.
Next to present was Kermit PK-8. Students and staff at Kermit have adopted the motto, “We are one.” This year, Kermit plans to make attendance a priority especially during the final two months of the school year when attendance is most likely to be poor.
The third presentation came from Lenore PK-8. The motto of Lenore PK-8 is, “To live, to learn, to leave a legacy of leadership.” Lenore discussed school wide incentives to increase attendance. Also emphasized was the school’s commitment to achieve goals listed in the strategic plan. Mildred Ooten, speaking on behalf of Lenore PK-8 LSIC said, “We can do it. I know we can. We are competitive and we like to win.”
The final presentation was presented by Tug Valley High School. The speaker for Tug Valley’s LSIC said, “We cannot be defined by past performance. We can and will achieve.” Also noted was Tug Valley’s increased graduation rate. Tug Valley has a graduation rate of 90.67 percent.
Robert Bobbera, Mingo County School Superintendent commented on the progress being made in Mingo County Schools. “Great things are happening in Mingo County. Mingo County is progressing. We are making great strides,” Bobbera said.
At a later date, other school’s LSIC will make presentations to the BOE. More information about LSIC can be found on the West Virginia Department of Education website https://wvde.state.wv.us/.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)