Department of Education to Hold Town Meetings On Reading Plan

Posted: February 18, 1999
The West Virginia Department of Education will conduct four town meetings across the state to seek educator and citizen input for the West Virginia Reading Plan. The reading plan was developed to promote reading from birth to adulthood and will be used in seeking Reading Excellence Act funds. The Reading Excellence Act was passed in Congress in October 1998. West Virginia can qualify for federal competitive grant funds to promote reading in grades K-3.  

"The ability to read is the foundation to success for all West Virginians in the 21st century," said State Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie. "The West Virginia Reading Plan will provide the state, RESAs, county and local school systems with a solid framework to develop innovative reading programs and write competitive grants."  

Citizens attending the town meetings will be provided draft copies of the plan. The town meetings will be conducted at the following locations from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 1999:  

Woodrow Wilson High School Cafeteria Beckley  

Robert C. Byrd High School Theater Clarksburg  

Wheeling Park High School Media Center Wheeling  

Winfield High School Band Room Winfield  

For more information, contact Beverly Kingery, West Virginia Department of Education, at 304-558-7805.

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