Bill Jones Seeks Re-Election To Wetzel Board of Education
My name is Bill Jones. I have filed to run for the seat I currently hold as a Wetzel County Board of Education member from District 1. I feel strongly about quality education for all students in our county and firmly believe in treating all stake holders with the respect they deserve as a vital key to this quality education.
I am a member of the Rush Run United Methodist Church, where I serve as co-superintendent and sing in the choir.
I am a member and serve as the secretary of Littleton Lodge #131, AF&AM as well as the same position in Electric Lodge #67, 100F of Farmington, WV. I am a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in New Martinsville. I was educated in Marion County Schools, got my undergraduate degree from Fairmont State College and my post graduate degree in Education Administration from West Virginia University.
My wife Julie and I came to Wetzel County in 1964, and I was employed as a first-grade teacher at Hundred Grade School. We raised and educated three wonderful children here who have gone on to lead very productive lives, thanks in large part to Wetzel County Schools.
Through the years, I’ve worked as teacher, teaching principal, traveling principal (three schools), full time principal, energy manager for the county, and lastly, I served four years as Superintendent of Schools for Wetzel County. I fel this time spent “in the trenches” qualifies me for the position of board member.
Through this span of over fifty years, I have seen education in our county flourish and have seen many great and important improvements for our students.
Wetzel County Boards of Education have taken what little they had to work with and through the years forged a system of education of which we could all be proud of Students who completed their educations in our schools have been able to successfully compete for jobs and have also been successful in higher education and professional careers.
I salute and congratulate the efforts of the boards od yesteryear for their efforts to provide our students and staff with the best their sometimes-meager budgets would allow. Through these many years, I’ve seen the main ingredient for student success as being the ability to hire the most capable and dedicated staff members possible, provide them with the tools necessary to ensure the success of every child involved in the system, and then nuture them in order that student success is guaranteed.
In 2016, I was elected to the Wetzel County BOE, and have witnessed so much improvement to our system. Foremost, was the re-opening of the Wetzel County Tech Center. We are currently offering welding, electricity and nursing, and plan to add other viable classes which will prepare students with a pathway into the workforce upon completion of the Tech Center experience.
We have added school nurses and social workers in each attendance area. PRO’s are now located daily at each high school and attend to issues at the elementary-middle schools as the need arises. Additionally, Math and Reading coaches have been hired to boost academic excellence in all of our schools. Time for Teaching has been improved by assuring teachers that the time allotted to them to teach will be safe-guarded. We have seen an increase in the number of Promise Scholars, as well as improvement in SAT and ACT scores for our students. The Superintendent’s Advisory Council keeps him in tune with both the needs and accomplishments in the high schools. STEM and STEAM activities have been showcased in our high schools. Plans to include middle school students in these activities are currently in development.
The CEFP plan at Wetzel County Schools was recently developed. With the current information available to the Board, it was recently determined that our current plans are to keep our current community schools as they are now configured, with the knowledge that future circumstances such as students enrollment may affect this plan.
I sincerely appreciate your support in the up-coming election on May 12.