Lewis County schools Treasurer Monika Weldon told board members Monday evening that they are anticipating a carryover of approximately $1.2 million into the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Because of curbed spending, the county could be removed from the state “watch list,” Weldon said.
Superintendent Steve Casto said, “This is great news for Lewis County Schools.”
Casto and all board members commended the efforts of all school employees. Weldon added that these figures are subject to change, but she called the WV Department of Education and they agreed with the preliminary numbers.
Regional Graduation Specialist Debi Turner addressed the board regarding increasing graduation rates for students with disabilities. She has been working with Lewis County High School all year on how to address issues that could affect those rates.
A leadership team was developed, which was made up of the principal, counselors, teachers, and LC Schools Special Education Supervisor Dr. Carol Williams. LCHS made their attendance goal with a rate of 93.55 percent, which exceeds this year’s goal of 92 percent.
Turner said the next steps to be taken include a Graduation 20/20 Leadership Summit this summer. The leadership team will continue to meet monthly, and analyze data, and review and modify their action plan.
Two policies will move to their first reading. One policy will adjust the grading scale to be in line with the state policy. This will be a 10 point grading system.
The second policy addressed the usage of non-traditional instruction days (NTID’s), including the implementation of snow packets. This will also bring this policy up to date.
Jane Lew Elementary School Principal Denise Sprouse delivered her Local School Improvement Council address prior to the regular board meeting. Sprouse commended the community support the school receives, notably Dominion’s recent donation to the Pre-K playground.
Dominion will provide the monies and the labor to extend the playground the full length of the building, and it will also have a shaded area. She said Jason Drummond with Dominion and Head Start have been at the school planning it out.
Sprouse also credited the Heater Family, Joyce Collins, the WVDNR, Nancy Lappie, Rock Garton, and others, for helping with activities for Heritage Day. She thanked the Jane Lew Lions Club for their help with providing Scholastic News magazines for all students, and participating in Flag Day and Arbor Day activities. Community members have also participated in read-alouds. Sprouse said she and her staff are working on meeting their goals by holding weekly professional learning community meetings, co-teaching, and differentiated instruction, among other methods.
Sprouse highlighted short term needs, including upgrades to the security cameras, additional cameras to the gym and the Pre-K playground door, upgrades to the lights in the gym, an intercom system addition to the playgrounds, and new flooring in the kitchen. Long term needs including replacing the wooden pavilion with a storage building, demolishing the lower building, an ADA accessible playground, and a metal detector in the man trap.
The next Board of Education meeting will be May 29 at 6 p.m. at the board office.