Back to School in Cameron

It is back to school Thursday for Cameron High and Cameron Elementary School students.

The faculty and service personnel will report on Monday.

I spoke with CHS principal Jack Cain last week at the Marshall County Fair, and he said that the high school students he had spoken with during the fair were looking forward to getting back to school.

Of course, this will be the first full year for Cameron High as this past school year from August until December school was held in the old school, and then the first week in January the doors of the new school opened.

Cain said there were numerous distractions after the move-in, but he stated that there were no major problems encountered. He, like the students and staff, is looking forward to this week’s opening, adding the students, with the exception of the seventh graders, will know their way around the building from Day 1.

Cain said a plus going into this year is that the faculty has remained intact, with the exception of one individual, Nancy Fullerton, who retired.

The school has a faculty of 33. Also, the service personnel staff is pretty much the same. Overall, the school has a staff of 50.

Cain described the building punch list as 99 percent complete, as the constructor and sub-contractors have been working this summer to complete work.

One of the areas which Cain spoke of was the air conditioning, which is now working properly. He noted there were problems with the system when the students and faculty moved in.

Air conditioning is one of the major improvements as the result of the new school, as the old school never had air conditioning. Also, the new school is handicap accessible.

Cain, who has spent this summer at the school, said just this past week he conducted another tour of the school. He said he looked out the window and saw a couple of people in the parking lot, and spoke with them and they said they would like to tour the school, which he was proud to do. He said, the couple, retired educators from Marietta, Ohio, had seen the new school from the outside, and drove to Cameron that particular day in hopes of getting a look at the interior, and were very pleased to have had the opportunity to take a tour.

“After we moved in, it seemed like I was conducting tours on a daily basis, but I was proud to show off the facility,” Cain said. “The students and faculty seemed to get used to people touring the building, and it didn’t distract from the learning process.”

Cain is very pleased that Chevron is funding “Project Lead the Way,” which will be implemented immediately. He said four faculty members have received training during the summer.

According to Cain, emphasis in this undertaking is on math and science. He said a similar program is being offered at Chartiers Valley High School, in Bridgeville, Pa.

Cain is very pleased the school offers “Extragaming,” a fairly new program which was expanded with the opening of the new school. It deals mainly with wellness. There is also a rural health program available at school. Only one other school in West Virginia offers such a program.

Cain said with the new physical education equipment at the school, residents of the community can participate from 4-8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, under the supervision of faculty member Gibbs Davidson. After this program was implemented this past school year, there was a waiting list of adults desiring to participate, Cain noted.

Cain pointed out that Assistant Principal Wyatt O’Neil will also be the new head wrestling coach, this after longtime coach Ron Trowbridge Jr., resigned. O’Neil is a former state wrestling champion who decided he wanted to get back into coaching, and believes he can handle both jobs.

The Marshall County Fair may have gotten off to a slow start this year because of the weather, but with the weather turning for the better, everyone seemed to very happy.

The weather forced the Queen Pageants to John Marshall High School on Monday. Even with a short time to make arrangements, the program went on without an problem. Some of those attending the event probably would not have if it had been held at the fairgrounds.

According to fair board president Beth Bertram, once the decision was made to switch to John Marshall, everyone there was very helpful, especially seeing that the air conditioning was turned on, explaining the operation of the auditorium lighting, and other operations connected with auditorium.

Things were somewhat better on Tuesday night, as the rain held off until after the Idol contest, and although it did rain prior to the performance of county music performer Tyler Farr, delaying the start, the rains moved on and the performance went on with no problems.