LOGAN - A Logan County school was recently selected to be a 2019 nationally recognized model school by the International Center for Leadership in Education.
"Man Middle School has had the privilege of being asked to present at the Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C., this year," Logan County Schools Superintendent Patricia Lucas announced Tuesday at a special meeting of the board of education.
According to Dr. William Daggett, founder and chairman of the ICLE, a school can meet the criteria of being a model school if they are experiencing rapid growth in student achievement, "deliberately working to shift the culture to one of high expectations of all students" or if they "work through challenges and are beating the odds."
"I think that sums up what we are seeing at Man Middle School," Lucas said. "It's an honor for one of our schools to be asked by the ICLE to present at one of their conferences. I'm very proud of Logan County and that we're going to be represented by Man Middle."
Board members shared in the well wishes during discussion.
"I would also like to congratulate Man Middle School," board member Jeremy Farley said. "I know that over the past couple of years, they were criticized for being deficient in certain areas and, perhaps, there was some undue criticism there from the board's part, but I think that overall, the board took action in certain places and set some high expectations as well as the superintendent for what we wanted to see and what we needed to see."
Member Dr. Pat Joe White, who has attended Model Schools conferences in the past, said he spoke with the school's principal, Cynthia Caldwell, who told him the school's successes are a result of staff improvements.
"I know that there have been a lot of changes made up there, and she felt like the reason Man Middle has shown such an improvement in such short a time is that the staff came together as a unit," White said. "There wasn't as much staff turnover as has been in the past, and if you read anything on school improvement, one of the main criteria you see over and over in research will tell you that if you have consistent staff at your location year after year, then you can achieve some form of progress."
The 2019 ICLE Model Schools Conference will be June 23-26 in Washington, D.C.
Dylan Vidovich is a news reporter for HD Media. Contact him by phone at 304-896-5196 or follow him on Twitter @DVidovichLB.