Schools Look Back On Year

WHEELING -Ohio County Schools celebrated the successes of the 2013-14 school year Thursday night as teachers and staff attended the annual state of the schools address given by Superintendent Dianna Vargo at Wheeling Park High School.

Vargo said the goals of the district focus on academic growth in all content areas; having teachers and staff work together to improve learning and achievement; and preparing students to graduate from high school ready for college and career success.

“We believe all students can learn in an inclusive and supportive environment,” Vargo said.

Bethlehem, Steenrod, West Liberty and Woodsdale elementary schools all were named success schools by the West Virginia Department of Education this year, she said. Meanwhile, Elm Grove, Madison, Middle Creek and Ritchie elementary schools, along with Triadelphia and Wheeling middle schools and WPHS, were deemed as transition schools. Bridge Street Middle School and Warwood School were determined focus schools.

“Ohio County Schools is proud to announce none of its schools were named support schools or priority schools,” Vargo said. “Additionally, all schools showed growth on the 2013 Westest 2.”

Over 5,400 are enrolled in the district, with about 1,600 attending WPHS, according to Vargo. She said the gradation rate at WPHS is now at 92.9 percent and above the state average.

There are 17 advanced placement courses available to students, as are as many as 50 college credit hours through the school’s partnership with West Liberty University and West Virginia Northern Community College.

Among those honored during the address were Triadelphia Middle School music teacher Joyce Jingle, selected as the district’s teacher of the year, and the three teachers also given the honor by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce: Kim Kochy of Woodsdale Elementary, Kristy Villani of Bridge Street Middle School and Jill Hillberry of WPHS. Karen Seabright was recognized as the school district’s service employee of the year.