BOE recognizes sports achievements and hears about academic programs


PRUNTYTOWN—At Tuesday’s Taylor County Board of Education meeting, two sport teams were recognized for making their way to states, and the board members heard updates on the expansion of two programs geared towards reading and math.

Two players from the Grafton High School Tennis team were recognized for competing in the 2019 WV AA State Tennis Championships.

Head coach Sara DePiano shared that Emilien Brazilier and Marik Chambers both played extremely well, and it was a great season.

In addition, the board members recognized members of the Grafton High School Boys and Girls track teams and their recent trip to compete in the something

Girls head coach Becky Lake shared that she is extremely proud of the girls and that they are the hardest working team she has ever had.

“I am so proud of this team and all that they have accomplished,” she expressed.

Boys head coach Wes Norris commented that he is also proud of the boys’ team and all of their hard work.

Grafton High School Principal Lori Shumaker shared that there has been a total of seven teams this year compete in state competitions.

In other business, Director of Curriculum Instruction Linda Casto shared an update with the board about the Math 4 Life campaign.

Casto told the board members that they are looking at professional learning opportunities for the summer.

In addition, she told the board members that after the success from the Read 180 program last year in the middle and high schools, they are planning on expanding the program to help more students.

Casto also shared that they will be helping students in the county avoid the “Summer Learning Slide” this summer, which is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer.

“We have received $2,600 to help buy materials to help students avoid the slide this summer,” she revealed. “I want to purchase books and magazines and distribute them in July.”

Casto shared she would like to take the books and the magazines to the Grafton City Pool, have then available during the Fourth of July Fireworks, set up a table up at Walmart, give them out during First Friday’s in Grafton and at the Farmers Market.

Lastly, she updated the board on a 21st Century Grant Application that if approved will be used at Anna Jarvis Elementary and Taylor County Middle School.

Casto shared that she has been working on the grant for several months, and the money would be used to develop after school programs at the schools.

“I have had meetings with teachers to ask them what they want to do for the students,” she said. “We have had a lot of great ideas from bringing back the theatre program to kid’s yoga.”

Casto revealed that they also discussed bringing back woodworking and cooking at the middle school and STEAM Labs, as well.

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