4/12/2013 6:32 PM
by Rebecca Turco
OAK HILL - The West Virginia Board of Education deemed 32 schools across the state as low-performing.
Collins Middle School in Oak Hill is one of these priority schools. Priority schools will receive additional support from the Board of Education to meet students' needs. These schools are among the lowest five-percent of Title 1 schools.
Joel Harris, principal of Collins Middle School, said now his faculty can receive adequate help from the state to improve the learning experience of the students. "By being named a priority school, that gives us the opportunity to gain some more assistance," Harris said. "So really I look at it as an opportunity."
State education officials will visit these schools to identify weaknesses and explore options. "I think it's a good opportunity for teachers to get more stuff for kids," said eighth grader Jared Richards. "And the more things they have to do, the more things kids can learn."
Trey Dixon of Oak Hill, who went to Collins Middle School growing up, said if students are disruptive, they can hinder learning more than inadequate teachers can. "If you start at home first...making sure (your kids are) doing their job studying and everything before they go out and play, then it's going to help the system," he explained.
After three years, a priority school can exit that status if it is no longer in the lowest five percent of Title 1 schools and if the school demonstrates successful turnaround strategies.
List of priority schools, by county:
Philippi Middle, Junior Elementary
Berkeley: Burke Street Elementary
Braxton: Braxton County High
Cabell: Peyton Elementary, Enslow Middle
Fayette: Ansted Elementary, Collins Middle
Grant: Union Educational
Hampshire: Hampshire Senior High
Kanawha: Mary C. Snow West
Side Elementary, Watts Elementary, J E Robins Elementary
Lincoln County High, Midway Elementary
Logan: Buffalo Elementary, Man
Senior High, Chapmanville Senior High
McDowell: Southside K-8, Mount
Mercer: Spanishburg School
Mingo: Gilbert Middle, Williamson Middle
Preston: Tunnelton-Denver Elementary
County High School
Taylor: Anna Jarvis Elementary
Wayne: East Lynn
Elementary, Wayne Middle
Webster: Webster County High, Glade Middle
Wood: Jefferson Elementary, Franklin Elementary.