WELCH, W.Va. - McDowell County will dedicate the new Southside K-8 School on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 1 p.m. The new school brings together approximately 540 students from War Elementary, built in 1922, and Berwind Elementary, built in 1921.
Senator Robert C. Byrd stated, “Opening the doors to Southside K-8 School is a major milestone for students and teachers in McDowell County. This new school will inspire students to study hard and strive for academic achievement. I am proud to have supported this building that invests in the educational future of West Virginia.” The project was funded by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the West Virginia School Building Authority.
The Honorable Governor Joe Manchin, III, is scheduled to attend the event, along with other invited state and local guests and dignitaries.
“Today marks a new beginning for McDowell County, for our students, for our teachers and for our staff,” said Superintendent Suzette Cook. “This school is an example of the good things happening in our county.”
The state-of-the-art school provides students, faculty and staff with the latest technologies, including high-speed internet access throughout the building, wireless tablets and student responders, electronic whiteboards, a distance learning lab, a computer lab with 30 computers, a hands-on science lab, and a high-tech sound system, among other advancements. Safety features include a keyless card access system, a video security phone and motion detectors.
“Technology that the new school offers will help our teachers transform their classrooms into 21st century learning centers,” Cook said. “It is schools like this that will help our children adapt to an ever changing world.”
For more information, contact McDowell County Schools at (304) 436-8441 or the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.