WV State Superintendent visits Logan Co.

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

November 3, 2013

THREE MILE CURVE — West Virginia State Superintendent Dr. James Phares met with the Logan County Board of Education during a special meeting on Oct. 16.

This was the first visit to Logan County for Superintendent Phares. However, he said he knew of Logan County from watching Logan High School as a child in the state basketball tournaments in Morgantown. During his visit, he said he was very impressed with the county’s citizens. “They look you in the eye, and you can tell what Logan is about,” Phares said.

Phares addressed those in attendance about the county’s priority and focus schools, hiring procedures, school calendars, and other educational issues. He emphasized that the West Virginia Department of Education is willing to work with educators to improve schools.

Phares also had time to visit with different classrooms at Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center and learn how the school is using a simulated workplace for its students.

During a regularly scheduled meeting held Oct. 10, Matt Ellis of AirEvac Lifeteam gave a brief presentation about the company’s service and developing a program for Board of Education employees. The Board approved the program, and employees who wish to join can now enroll in AirEvac through an automatic payroll deduction.

The BOE also held Local School Improvement Councils (LSIC) meetings in the Chapmanville, Logan and Man. During each meeting, area schools were able to give a brief presentation on academic status and strategies for improvement.

LSIC meetings allow schools the opportunity to showcase exciting and unique methods used to increase student and parent involvement and to ask the Board for support on new projects that would help increase academic achievement.

The BOE’s next special meeting will be at 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. 4, at the central office in West Logan.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Thurs., Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center.