FLEMINGTON— Every year, the Taylor County Board of Education visits the schools in the county to hear updates, see what’s new and hear from the faculty. On Tuesday, the board members made their third stop of the year and were seeing stars at West Taylor Elementary School.
Principal Jamison Fisher welcomed the board to the school and told them they always enjoy having them there.
“16 years ago, Taylor County had a vision of West Taylor Elementary,” she voiced. “They started building its foundation and it became a reality.”
She told the board while the foundation of the building was started, the principal and teachers were having meetings about what was going to happen at West Taylor.
“They set the expectations for behavior and academics,” Fisher explained. “Today, some of these are still in place.”
She presented the board with the school handbook and told them that every year the faculty senate makes small changes to fit the changes in society, but the structure stays the same.
In the last five years, six teachers have retired, seven new teachers have come in and five teachers within the building have shifted grade levels.
She presented the board with data from the last five years and reported that the academic performance at the school was proficient and they met their goals.
“I want the world to know what great educators West Taylor Elementary School has,” she voiced. “It is amazing to see the professionalism.”
Fisher thanked the board for hiring a full-time counselor and shared some of the data with them.
Another addition at the school this year is a new custodial team, and she shared that they are doing an amazing job.
In addition to the wonderful teachers and staff at the school, Fisher also shared information about the Parent Teacher Organization and all that they do for the school.
Throughout the year, the PTO organizes events for students and provides resources to teachers.
“They also make sure every student has a West Taylor Elementary School shirt,” Fisher told the board. “We even make sure new students that transfer has one to wear the first day.”
She reported that the PTO spends between $75-$80 per child, which comes out to an estimate of $26,000 per year.
According to Fisher, some of activities for students that are made possible by the PTO are two field trips for each grade level, reading challenge reward, move up day for fourth grade students and a reward day to celebrate the students.
In addition, she also shared that school is involved in many community services projects throughout the year. Most recently, they helped to provided families with Thanksgiving dinners.
Fisher also shared Nick Fryer, a parent, helped to design the new star for the school and shared the meaning behind the new logo.
She read an email from Fryer to the board and stated that the new star represents three parts.
The parents are red, the teachers and staff are gold and the students are blue,” Fisher shared. “Those three elements are the key to success for our students hence together we shine.”
Fisher told the board that the red represents love and passion, gold represents joy, innovating and enlightening the students and blue for the students represent strength, respect, trustworthy and caring.
“The parents, guardians’ teachers and staff hold up and support the students, so they can reach the top,” she read. “Being a parent at this school I have witnessed this as the main attribute of the success of the students.”
In addition, Fisher shared an update from the Local School Improvement Councils (LSIC) and Angela McDaniel shared information about Faculty Senate.
The board member thanked Fisher for the updates and the teachers and staff for their dedication.