The Times West Virginian

August 18, 2013

County has ‘high expectations’ for students

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Monday is the first day of class for first- through 12th-graders, and students in preschool and kindergarten will start Wednesday.

“Each year kind of has its own little flavor of what’s going on at the start of the school year,” said Marion County Superintendent of Schools Gary Price.

The start of this year has been a bit more challenging in terms of teacher and staff preparation because of some new initiatives that have required training, he said. As staff members have been trying to get ready for the arrival of students, they have also had to take considerable time to learn about new initiatives like West Virginia’s version of the common core, called the Next Generation standards, and the new evaluation system that is coming into place.

“You always hope to improve on past performances, and one of the things that you want to work on is the level of student performance,” Price said. “In Marion County, we feel that we do have high expectations for all our students. We expect them to achieve well and be able to attend school in a safe environment.”

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