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BOE Recognizes Coach Brent Croasmun for Years of Service

January 23, 2019
BY TELINA FRYE - STAFF WRITER (TFRYE@WETZELCHRONICLE.COM) , Wetzel Chronicle

Following his resignation, the Wetzel County Board of Education, at its Jan. 14 meeting, recognized Brent J. Croasmun for his many years of service as head football coach at Paden City High School.

As the board accepted the resignations on that night's agenda, Board Member Brian Price interjected that coaching can be a headache, and he wanted to go on the record and say thank you to Coach Croasmun. Price said it's not always an easy task to be a coach at any level, especially at the high school football level in the Ohio Valley. He wanted to thank Mr. Croasmun for his many years of service. Warren Grace noted that he completely agreed with Price's sentiment.

At the Jan. 14 meeting, the board also learned more about the West Virginia Department of Education Accountability System. Tammy Wells (Director of Secondary and Voc. Ed., Student Assessment and Strategic Planning) and Todd Barcus (Attendance/Student Support Services) were there to give an explanation on the WVDE accountability system and its Balanced Scorecard, which include "indicators." The first indicator is Academic Performance on assessments, which are the West Virginia General Summative Assessment and the SATs, given to 11th graders.

The second indicator is a Benchmark Indicator, which involves assessments given in the fall that are administered to grades 3-8. The Preliminary SAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) are given to grades 9-11. It has also been given to grades 8-11 both last year and this year.

Wells said last year, principals throughout the county were under the assumption the ACT would be the accountability measure for the high schools. However, very late in the fall, the principals were told the accountability would be the SAT. One of the principals contacted Wells and requested the administration of PSAT and NMSQT. The deadline for such was the next day; however, Wells said the principals acted quickly to do what was necessary to get the assessments ordered.

It was noted that Barcus had ordered the tests this year. Though these tests are not required at the state or federal level, Wetzel County Schools officials feel that a benchmark is needed since the SAT measures Academic Performance for the older students. Therefore, the two assessments have been given the past two years to prepare for the SAT.

A Balanced Scorecard indicator at the high school level pertains to four and five-year graduation rates, while other indicators are English Language Learners (ELL) and Student Success. It was explained that ELL has become important, nationwide.

Wells spoke highly of the Student Success indicator, noting the schools are given credit for things that they might not otherwise be given credit for.

It was noted the Balanced Scorecard clearly defines where a school is succeeding, and where it needs to make improvement. Previous accountability systems were found to be confusing and not give a clear picture to the parents and community at large.

Wells explained long-time goals and annual targets for progress toward the goals. The state's long-term goal (half the distance to 100 percent) for math proficiency is 67.4 percent. This is the expected proficiency level for 2029-2030. She noted the state expects 2.5 percent improvement, yearly. Wells said she felt this improvement is achievable.

She then explained performance level definitions. Each of the five indicators is identified as scoring either green (exceeds standard), blue (meets standard), gold (partially meets standard), or red (does not meet standard).

Wells reviewed the West Virginia Schools Balanced Scorecard Methodology for School Performance Determinations. She noted school systems throughout the state are beginning to see attention given to the Career Technical Education (CTE) completer data, nothing this is "rightfully so."

Academic achievement in mathematics is a statewide problem, noted Wells. She said Wetzel County is no exception; however, the county doesn't have to be part of a statewide problem. She said the focus for this year will be mathematics, and students are doing well on lower-level questions. However, the deeper students delve into mathematics, the worse they are doing. She noted teachers who are content area experts need to be worked with, in order to make a plan for achievement in mathematics to increase.

It was noted that each school's Balanced Scorecard information is public knowledge. Wetzel County Schools' parents received color-coded score reports for the test scores, and the information is also available through the school system and on wveis.k12.wv.us

Barcus explained how students are not judged on one area in particular, and he said he feels this is fairer than in the past. Wells agreed, and said there is more of a chance to correct issues. She said if a school has an issue in a specific area, the school can be partnered with another school, with similar demographics, that might be having more success.

It was noted that Shortline School has been classified as a "comprehensive support school." However, with the new accountability system, the the issues can be pinpointed and addressed, rather than trying a global school improvement initiative.

Barcus reviewed testing throughout the school system. He reiterated that the GSA is given to students in grades 3-8. English Language Arts and Math are assessed for the same students, as well as Science for grades 5 and 8.

He said the SAT School Day is simply the SAT, administered during the school day, and the Summative Assessment is given to students in grade 11. This test assesses English Language Arts, Math, and Science.

The PSAT, a practice test for the SAT, is given in grades 8-11.

Barcus said the SAT and ACT have previously been used for college admission purposes and scholarships. However, the SAT School Day is the current assessment for 11th grade students.

PSAT 8/9 is administered to students in grades 8 and 9, while PSAT/NMSQT is given to students in grades 10 and 11. There is also a PSAT10, but the College Board indicated the NMSQT is the better option as it's basically the same test, but can also be used to prepare for, and be the evaluation tool for National Merit, whereas the PSAT10 can not.

It was explained that Classroom Benchmark Assessments (CBAs) are given in the fall. These are used to measure the growth of the students in Math and English Language Arts throughout the years.

Barcus said all schools are now scheduled to give the PSAT, and discussions with principals on allowing sophomores to take the SAT School Day have been held.

Barcus explained that a county decision has been made for all students in grades 8-11 to take the PSAT, in order to prepare for the SAT School Day. He said at times there has been the criticism of "teaching the test." However, he explained, in academics, music and the arts, and athletics, the more practice leads to more improvement. He said counties who consistently score high on assessments indicate the importance of practice. Furthermore, Barcus said scores have improved with practice.

It was noted the principals have facilitated discussion and research with their respective faculty on their school's strengths and weaknesses on the summative assessments. This has led to teamwork among the staff to make necessary changes in curriculum and lesson plans. Barcus also explained that ACT/SAT Prep session occurs, and English and Math teachers are offering tutoring sessions at lunchtime and after school. He said participation in this program has increased substantially.

It was noted that Wetzel County has many challenges that didn't exist to the same extent, in prior decades - loss of jobs, substance abuse problems, and a much lower socio-economic status. However, it was noted the school system doesn't want to make excuses, "or we will become complacent and improvement will not occur."

"All children do not learn at the same rate, but all children can learn."

In other matters, the following agenda items were approved at the Jan. 14 meeting:

Personnel Matters:

Resignations:

Brent J. Croasmun, acceptance of resignation from position as head football coach at Paden City High School, effective immediately.

Kelli E. Goddard, acceptance of resignation from position as assistant boys' track coach at PCHS, effective immediately.

Kimberly J. Huffman, acceptance of resignation from position as head boys' track coach at PCHS, effective Dec. 20.

Brittany N. Leek, acceptance of resignation from position as head girls' soccer coach at Magnolia High School, effective Jan. 3.

Timothy B. Raper, acceptance of resignation from position as assistant football Coach at PCHS, effective Jan. 2.

David C. Riggle, acceptance of resignation from position as spring events coordinator at PCHS, effective Jan. 3.

John W. Smith, acceptance of resignation from position as assistant baseball coach at MHS, effective immediately.

Larry R. Tustin, acceptance of resignation from positions as assistant girls' volleyball coach and assistant girls' softball coach at Hundred High School, effective immediately.

Marcus F. Winters, acceptance of resignation from position as assistant football coach at Valley High School, effective immediately.

Service Personnel:

Lisa R. Bock, approval for change in assignment from supervisory teacher aide/autism mentor at Short Line School to teacher aide/one-on-one at PCHS, effective Jan. 29.

Rebecca G. Haught, approval for change in classification from Cook II/676/B, at New Martinsville School to Cook II/677/C at NMS, effective Jan. 3.

Belinda A. Henderson, approval for change in assignment from countywide substitute supervisory teacher aide to supervisory teacher aide, special education/one-on-one at LDS, effective Jan. 15.

Andrea D. Pittman, approval to remain in current assignment as supervisory teacher aide, special education/one-on-one at SLS, effective Jan. 29. (received prior board approval to change to supervisory teacher aide/ECAT, Pre-K at SLS, effective Jan. 29)

Lou A. Virden, approval for change in assignment from supervisory teacher aide, special education/braille specialist/one-one-one at SLS to supervisory teacher aide, special education/autism mentor at SLS, effective Jan. 29.

Extracurricular:

Charles Blair, approval for employment as extended day tutor at SLS, effective Dec. 5.

Joseph Candella, approval for employment as extended day tutor at SLS, effective Dec. 5.

Jennifer Eller, approval for employment as extended day tutor at SLS, effective Dec. 5.

James Morris, approval for employment as extended day tutor at SLS, effective Dec. 5.

Mary Ritz, approval for employment as extended day tutor at SLS, effective Dec. 5.

Lindsey Snider, approval for employment as extended day tutor at SLS, effective Dec. 5.

Danielle Standiford, approval for employment as extended day tutor at SLS, effective Dec. 5.

Routine Matters:

Out of State Trips:

Approval of request from Kathi Schmalz for Michael Harwick and Jan Emch to take the sophomore biology class at MHS on a field trip to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA on Feb. 7. Funded through student fees.

Approval of request for Meghan DeLorenzo and Caryn Puskarich to attend the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training in Orlando, Fla. on March 11-15. Funded through county budgeted travel funds.

Fund Raisers:

In compliance with the requirements of West Virginia State Board of Education Policy 1224.1, the superintendent recommends that the board approve the following groups/organizations to raise funds (monies) in the name of a particular school in Wetzel County: Valley High School/Short Line School: Valley High School and Short Line School TSA Boosters

Valley High School: Pine Grove FFA Alumni and Valley High School Friends of Football Boosters

Hundred High School: Hundred FFA Alumni Inc.

Chaperones/Volunteers:

Approval of request from the School Principal for the following Chaperones/Volunteers for the 2018-2019 school years:

Long Drain School: Ashley Voight and Anna Lough

Treasurer's Report:

Approval for Payment of Bills for the Month of December, 2018 (invoices approved at this meeting are available for review at the Wetzel County Schools' Financial Office); and Approval for Transfers and Increases in the Budget:

With the date and time of the next meeting being Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m., a motion was made and approved to adjourn the meeting.

 
 
 

 

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