After a special meeting to discuss personnel issues for the 2014-2015 school year, the Logan County Board of Education turned its focus to school improvements at its February 27, 2014, meeting.
Darlene Dingess-Adkins presented the Board with updates on the school system’s strategic plan. She discussed how the implementation of programs such as First in Math and the use of interventionists will hopefully help schools increase reading and math scores for this year’s assessments.
She also said she and Superintendent Doty make periodic updates to the strategic plan as new needs and issues arise within the schools. One long-term goal of the plan is to increase the county’s graduation rate.
Assistant Superintendent Junior Amburgey gave a brief summary of new security measures that are now in place to help provide safer environments within schools.
Chapmanville Middle Principal Jason Browning and Holden Elementary Principal Janice Williamson gave presentations on how each of their schools are working to increase student achievement. Both schools have increased instructional time for math. CMS students now receive 90 minutes of math each day, and Holden students receive two hours of math. The schools are also using a team approach to learning among teachers and students through collaborative planning, and they have implemented more small-group and personal mentoring and tutoring.
The BOE also discussed improvement through removal of unused school buildings. The demolishing of Whitman Elementary, Logan Junior High (with gymnasium to remain), and Man Junior High (with gymnasium to remain) were approved.