Education and Military Leaders Partner to Sign Common Ground Compact

July 30, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), State Board of Education (SBOE) and local military representatives joined together today to resign a Compact as part of the Common Ground: Education and Military Partnership.

Representatives from the Marines, Army, West Virginia National Guard, Air Force, Navy, West Virginia Wing Civil Air Patrol, West Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc., WVDE and SBOE took part in the celebration today which was held at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown during the Student Success Summit.

The Common Ground Partnership, established in 2011, focuses on promoting mentoring, training and scholarship opportunities to all students and creating networks of people, organizations and other resources to help support military children.

“Creating partnerships is an integral part of the state’s vision for education called ONE VOICE, ONE FOCUS: ALL STUDENTS ACHIEVING,” said State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano. “The Common Ground Partnership will help inspire, engage and motivate our students to stay in school, earn a high school degree and move into the next phase of life.”

The Common Ground Partnership consists of the Office of Governor Tomblin; the WVDE; SBOE; West Virginia National Guard; United States Army Recruiting Battalion Richmond; United States Army Recruiting Battalion Columbus; Navy Recruiting District Pittsburgh; United States Marine Corps Recruiting Stations in West Virginia; West Virginia Civil Air Patrol, Military Entrance Processing Command Beckley, 12th Battalion, Eastern Sector; the West Virginia Veteran’s Council; Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN) Project, and the West Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.

The Common Ground Compact creates a shared role among partners to support the success of West Virginia students and to ensure our youngest citizens are career and college ready. The partners establish protocols for military/school collaborations and ensure easy access to available resources such as a speaker’s bureau, career and college planning resources, family support resources, student leadership opportunities, tutoring and mentoring services.

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