Dear Taylor County School Employees, Community, Families, and Students,
We are writing to say a collective THANK YOU! Your unwavering ability to take on an unknown future and overwhelming task demonstrated the leadership and strength not only in our school system, but in the entire county. The dedication and love shared with our families, students and community has been extraordinary and valued beyond measure. This continues as we march forward from our offices of Curriculum and Instruction and Federal Programs, led by Linda Casto, Technology, led by Sondra Cain, Finances, led by Dara Britton, Special Services, led by Shannon Lewis, Personnel, Maintenance and Transportation, led by Pam Gallaher, Assistant Superintendent, with support from John Potts and Todd Bolyard, Attendance, Homebound and Safety, led by Jenny McCarthy and a hero to all, Donette Nines, who put together a plan to ensure our students would be nourished from the beginning until this shutdown ends.
March 13, 2020 was an unexpected delay in what was the path to concluding another successful school year. However, what we saw was resilience and a quick call to arms to make sure our students were taken care of nutritionally and educationally. The work by the bus drivers, aides, cooks, teachers and administrators to put into action a plan developed by our Child Nutrition Director, Donette Nines was remarkable. The volunteers calling and asking how they could help was overwhelming, yet just what was needed in our time of great anxiety and unknowns. Our educational staff rallied and came up with creative ways to keep our students learning. Community agencies started to put together plans as well, allowing a ground swell of support to be in place the first day our students were out of school.
This indeed has been a very difficult time, but when we think about challenges we all have faced, one thing became very clear, Taylor County is full of leaders from all walks of life. What could have turned out to be a low point, has turned in to a demonstration of strength and support for one another throughout Taylor County. The collaboration among support agencies, the schools and community at large continues and assures brighter days are ahead.
There are many decisions yet to be made about returning or not returning to school. Rest assured, we will follow the advice of the Grafton-Taylor Health Department, Dr. Bender, the WVDE and state government. The Taylor County Board of Education and Superintendent ask that you continue your efforts to support our students and in particular our seniors. They have worked tremendously hard to earn the right to walk across the stage to receive their diploma. We continue to work on plans for a ceremony honoring their hard work and determination to cross the finish line, moving on to making their own dreams come true.
The Taylor County Board of Education and Superintendent thank you for your continued support of our system and needs in this ever changing time. Stay safe and healthy, demonstrating the desire to rise above and plan for a brighter tomorrow filled with many blessings.
Pat Tucker, Board President
Clark Sinclair, Vice President
Austin Upton, Member
Doug Flohr, Member
Melissa Garvin, Member
Christy Miller, Superintendent