By Kyle Lovern
October 3, 2013
CINDERELLA – The Mingo County Board of Education received several reports at its regular meeting on Tuesday night at their offices located at Cinderella Hollow near East Williamson.
Karen Canterbury, the county’s test coordinator, gave a detailed slide presentation on the Accountability Testing.
Recently released results of the state’s new accountability system are very encouraging for Mingo County. According to the W. Va. Department of Education, seven Mingo County schools have been designated as “Success schools.” The information is part of the state’s new accountability system which is the result of W. Va. receiving flexibility from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act from the U.S. Department of Education.
Burch Elementary, Dingess Elementary, Matewan Elementary, Gilbert Middle, Matewan Middle, Mingo Central and Tug Valley met both the student performance requirements and student improvement targets, thereby earning distinction as Success schools. Gilbert Elementary, Kermit K-8, and Riverside Elementary earned Transition designation by meeting either the student performance requirements or the improvement targets.
Randy Keathley, Superintendent of Mingo County Schools, commented, “I am very pleased with the accountability results and especially proud that 54 percent of our schools have been designated as Success schools. The percentage of Success schools statewide is only around 30 percent.”
The board members also received a report from the new Maintenance Director James Ed Baisden. He informed them that all of the equipment is now up and running and that his crew has completed over 150 work orders since he took over.
“We have all the fields and playgrounds on a schedule with regards to grass cutting,” Baisden said. “We have also tried to take care of safety concerns first.”
Baisden also said that old equipment that was at the old Williamson Middle and Matewan Middle Schools is being consolidated into one site at Matewan for an upcoming auction.
The board members also heard from Jessica Houck, who is the Curriculum Mathematics coach for the county.
A group of concerned parents from Williamson Pre-K 8 (formerly Riverside) also addressed the board members in regards to a kindergarten teaching position at that school. The slot is currently filled by a retired teacher, whom the parents would like to keep in that position. However, Keathley and BOE president Bill Duty informed the parents that due to state laws and statutes, the job must be posted.
That posting is up and applicants will be screened and a certified teacher will be placed in that position. Keathley told the group that the current long-term substitute could have applied for the position.
Keathley also said that early enrollment figures showed that there were not enough children in that age group heading into the new school year to have three kindergarten classes. But, once the new figures were released, a third kindergarten class had to be added.
The BOE also approved the minutes of the last meeting and took care of other routine business matters.
Besides Duty, board members David Farley, Mike Carter, Stephen “Cheetah” Marcum and Orville Messer were also in attendance at the meeting. Keathley and assistant superintendent Rob Bobbera were also in attendance.