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Wells Outlines Strategic Plan

By Staff | Sep 5, 2012

Tammy Wells, director of Secondary and Vocational Education, Student Assessment, and Strategic Planning, gave a County Strategic Plan Annual Update to the Wetzel County Board of Education at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Wells presented the board with a list of five core beliefs of the committee, along with eight goals.

She stated that the goals are developed to improve Wetzel County School’s achievement and to get more Wetzel County schools making Adequate Yearly Progress.

The following were the core beliefs of the committee: schools have an obligation to help every student fulfill his/her potential by valuing each student’s uniqueness and in ensuring that each student can learn and succeed; schools must elevate the importance of great teachers and learning; schools must challenge students and foster responsibility and creativity; students, parents, communities, and educators are partners in the lifelong learning process; in a safe, secure, and comfortable environment that fosters excellence in teaching, learning, and achievement.

The goals of the strategic planning committee are the following: all students will master or exceed grade level on Next Generation (NxG) standards; students with disabilities and exceptionalities will receive a free, appropriate public education to increase achievement and performance and to support transition to desired post school outcomes; all students will be educated in a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports academic achievement; the district will implement the Title I programmatic requirements as defined by NCLB; all students will meet or exceed state, national, and international curriculum standards that incorporate the acquisition of 21st Century skills through engaging opportunities in the arts, world languages, health, physical education, and career/technical education as well as the core subjects of reading/English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies; all students will graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary education and career success through personalized pathways and guidance that focus on productive satisfying lives; students identified as Limited English Proficiency will receive free and appropriate services to increase achievement and performance and to support transition to desired post-school outcomes; the district will provide annual notice to parents of eligible students of SES providers. This will include a description of services, qualification, and a demonstrated record of effectiveness that develop and apply procedures and equitable services should the demand exceed the spaces available.

The strategic planning administration is made up of the following members: Assistant Superintendent Jay Yeager, Attendance Director/Student Support Services Director Todd Barcus, Director of Secondary and Vocational Education, Student Assessment and Strategic Planning Tammy Wells, Director of Special Education Deborah Novotny, Director of Title I and Elementary Education A. Shane Highley, Principal of Paden City High School Jay Salva, Principal of Valley High School Jackie Jenkins, and Superintendent Diane Watt. Other members of the Strategic Planning Committee include the following: Karen Puskarich, Ag Enterprise Owner Howard Henderson, Board of Education Member Linda Kirk, Business Owner Weldon Williams, Business/HG Energy Timmy Morris, Community Resources Theresa Hoskins, County Technology Director Robert Shaver, Curriculum Department Coordinator Terry Greene, Paden City High School Guidance Counselor Donna Jones, Parent Linda Henderson, Parent Matt Briggs, Parent Educator Resource Center (PERC) Anita Estel, President Wetzel County Volunteers for Better Reading Ken Block, School Counselor Meghan Baird, School Counselor and Mining Business Owner Beverly VanScyoc, School Nurse Donna Sands, School Nurse Melissa Scyoc, Student Allison Haught, Student Hannah Loy, Teacher/Business Mark Batton, and Wetzel County Center for Children and Families Beth Glow.