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Marshall County Schools Honored for Achievements

Mike Price, director of maintenance and construction for Marshall County Schools, discusses the timeframe for security improvements to Cameron High School.

Members of the West Virginia State Board of Education made an appearance in Marshall County on Tuesday night to recognize county schools for their achievements.

Topping the list was Cameron High School, which was recognized for meeting and exceeding standards, ranging from criteria such as graduation and attendance rates to English language arts and other categories. Cameron High School’s high graduation rate exceeded expectations at more than 98 percent.

“This year, we have 51 schools in the state of West Virginia, and you have one being honored as a distinguished school,” said Kathy Hypes, representative of the Office of District and School Advancement. “Cameron High School is one of 34 high schools with this accolade, and one of 20 high schools exceeding standards in graduation rates, with 98.11 percent last year.”

Additionally, Cameron High School was joined by six other county schools for meeting standards in various categories.

∫ Cameron High School, graduation rate

∫ Cameron Elementary, math growth

∫ Central Elementary, math growth

∫ John Marshall High School, English language arts and math performance

∫ Sherrard Middle School, math performance

∫ Washington Lands Elementary, English language arts performance

“Whatever you are doing, it is working — keep going, you are going to reach your goal sooner or later,” Hypes said.

Board President John Miller said he was proud to oversee a school district that lived up to high expectations.

“We’re proud of each of our schools, their administration, our staff and their students,” Miller said. “Keep up the good work.”

Dr. James Wilson and Robert Dunlevy, members of the State Board of Education, were present Tuesday evening to present the awards to representatives from the schools.

In other board matters, the board also approved spending up to $2 million for Cameron Elementary School building security upgrades and improvements to the HVAC system. The district is seeking bids for the work.

“We reviewed the scope, and this budget is pretty much where it needs to be,” said Mike Price, director of Maintenance and Construction. “The majority of it will be done (over summer vacation), but we’ll still be working into next (school) year a little bit.”

Additionally, Josh Gary, president of the American Federation of Teachers Marshall County chapter, thanked the board for its public declaration of support for teachers during last week’s strike to defeat Senate Bill 451, the controversial education omnibus bill.

“Thank you, from myself, the teachers of AFT, the teachers and service personnel back here,” he said. “We wanted to thank you … for standing with us. It’s been very hard to get through, very trying, but hopefully we’ll never have to do it again.”

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