McDowell and Lincoln Counties Are On The Road To Taking Back Their Schools

August 16, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education was updated on the progress of the McDowell County and Lincoln County school systems. McDowell County Superintendent Mark Manchin and Lincoln County Superintendent Bill Grizzell shared their successes with the Board during the monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2004.  

The West Virginia Board of Education took over Lincoln County Schools in June 2000, and took over McDowell County in November 2001.  

According to Grizzell and Manchin, major changes have taken place in curriculum, personnel and in the facilities in both counties.  

“Good things are happening in McDowell County,” said Manchin. “For example, next week we will be dedicating a brand new auditorium at Mount View High School. The students of McDowell County have been waiting for this auditorium for 30 years. This new facility is more powerful than just a building. Promises that were made years ago are now coming to fruition and there is excitement in the air.”  

Some highlights of the McDowell County update to the Board included:  

-County closed its fiscal year in the black -New auditorium at Mt. View High School will be dedicated -Plans moving forward for new high school in Bradshaw, West Virginia -New standards are in place for county valedictorian and high honor students -Technology continues to improve with and expected increase in distance learning classes -Renewed commitment to the acceleration in middle school curriculums  

Lincoln County Schools also have several successes including:  

-Renewal of a five year special levy -Additional AP classes are in place -Effective Schools Framework has been developed -Development of a principal internship program -On going renovations of facilities -Development of ePrincipal and eWalk using PDAs  

“We have come a long way in Lincoln County since the takeover and I am confident good education will continue to grow in our county,” said Grizzell.  

“I am so proud of the staff, teachers and students in Lincoln County and McDowell County,” said David Stewart, State Superintendent of Schools. “A foundation for success has been laid for a higher level of learning in both counties.”

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