GILBERT — The Mingo County Board of Education met at Gilbert Middle School on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. for their LSIC and monthly meeting.
Dr. Dee Cockrille began the meeting with a RESA II update and a brief explanation of the roles RESA II played in Mingo County.
“In Mingo County we are running our YEP program which is the after school program and we are so grateful for the partnership with Gilbert Middle and Williamson K-8,” said Cockrille. “We also provide graduation support for many schools and there is also another state project called LDCMDC which is a literary design collaborative and a math design collaborative where we provide support for that initiative.”
Dr. Cockrille expressed her desire to help with anything that might be needed in Mingo County from RESA II and thanked the BOE for their partnership.
“We have great support from the Mingo County central office and board members and we appreciate that greatly,” said Cockrille.
Dr. Johnny Branch was next to speak to the BOE about naming the new Tug Valley athletic facility.
“As you all know we have been working on the athletic facility at Tug Valley high school and it has been a community effort. This summer we put sod on our field and we have ongoing improvements,” said Branch as he passed around photos of the progress that has been made. “It’s just really exciting to see all of this develop and I’m here tonight to talk about the onfield locker rooms which are being build by one of our community members Mr. Brown. In talking with Brown, he expressed his wishes to honor his late father in law who was one of our county’s educators for many years. We petition the board tonight for permission to name the new locker room facility the Carl Parsley Jr. Athletic Complex.”
The board motioned to allow Branch to name the field after the late Carl Parsley.
Moving on through the agenda, Katie Maynard presented a certificate to the schools who won the USDA Healthier US School Challenge.
“The Healthier US School Challenge is a national initiative that recognizes schools for excellence in nutrition and physical education,” said Maynard. “There are only about 1400 schools nationwide that have received this award and of those 1400 all 11 schools in Mingo County have officially received it.”
Gilbert Elementary, Gilbert Middle School, Matewan PK-8 and Mingo Central High School each received recognition for winning the silver award in the challenge.
Leisa Sammons then presented students with awards for scoring Level four and distinguished on the W.Va. General Summartive Assessment.
“Last year schools throughout the state participated in the Smarter Balanced test for the first time and were assessed in Reading Language Arts and Math in grades 3-11 and science in grades 4,6, and 10,” said Sammons. “During the first year of testing, 69 students in Mingo County scored at the highest level and we want to recognize them.”
Students were called and given a certificate. Students who recieved awards attended Gilbert Elementary, Gilbert Middle, Matewan PK-8 and Mingo Central High School.
Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.