The Times West Virginian

Local News

December 14, 2013

LSIC meetings prove to be informative

Communication and cooperation keys to enhancing education

FAIRMONT — Throughout the fall, Local School Improvement Council meetings were held in each attendance area in Marion County.

Superintendent of Schools Gary Price said the meetings proved to be informative, highlighting the accomplishments of each individual school and also identifying their needs.

"Those meetings prove to be very beneficial and very productive because it gives the principals and other representatives of the schools an opportunity to meet face to face with the superintendent and the board of education,” Price said.

“They let us know some of the things they’ve done that they’re proud of and some of the things they’re working on to try to make their schools a better environment.”

According to Price, communication and cooperation are the keys to enhancing the education environment.

“Improving the education in any one school is a team effort and takes everyone working together,” he said. “It takes the principal; it takes the teachers; it takes the students, the parents; and of course, it takes support from the central office and the board of education to move forward.” 

Each school had the chance to provide Price and the board with a list of improvements that need to be made. Those improvements include items such as fencing in playgrounds, restriping parking lots, replacing windows, paving parking lots, doing HVAC upgrades, replacing carpet, adding personnel and/or increasing personnel availability time and more.

Price said that careful consideration and discussion is put into prioritizing those needs.

“We have conversations with the principals to try to find out how serious each need is,” Price said. “And we try to knock off as many low-cost items as we can to try to get those out of the way.”

Price said that external factors such as weather will also play a role in which improvements are completed first.

According to Price, one improvement that is at the top of the list is the renovation of bathrooms at Barrackville Elementary and Middle, Blackshere Elementary, East Dale Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Rivesville Elementary and Middle, and Watson Elementary.

“That’s a high priority for us, and we will be able to work on that during the school year because it’s inside,” Price said.

Price said that the renovations will be a continuous effort, and as each school gets completed, others will be added to the list.

“We’re going to try to work methodically through that because that’s something that needs constant attention,” Price said. “With the wear and tear of hundreds of kids going through the restrooms, they need constantly upgraded.”

Email Kaylyn Christopher at or follow her on Twitter @KChristopherTWV.

Text Only
Local News
  • Planning set for Korean War Memorial

    The Korean War Memorial will begin the process of reorganizing and begin to move towards completion faster.

    July 26, 2014

  • ‘L-gov’ program provides many benefits

    The “L-gov” program of the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office is providing many benefits to governmental entities across the state, including the City of Fairmont.

    July 26, 2014

  • Christian Lewis-EG.jpg 10-year-old Christian Lewis first in national karate tournament

    Moments before the announcement of the winners at the USA National Karate Federation (USANKF) national tournament, Fairmont resident Christian Lewis said he was very nervous.
    The 10-year-old had just finished competing in the tournament, which was held in Reno, Neveda. Lewis went to the tournament with fellow martial artists from the Mushin Do Dojo in Fairmont.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Manchin brothers embroiled in lawsuit

    A $1.7 million civil lawsuit has been filed by John Manchin II against his brothers U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III and Roch (Rock) Manchin.
    The suit involves funds that John Manchin claims he gave to his brothers in the late 1980s so that their carpet business could avoid bankruptcy.

    July 26, 2014

  • STEM museum project planned

    Christine Meek loves science.
    She and her son moved here a year ago from Denver, where she worked as a middle school science teacher and volunteered with the Denver Museum of Science and Nature.

    July 26, 2014

  • Blood Drive-RB.jpg Blood donations help save lives

    Marion County-area residents helped save lives today.
    The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage due to there being 80,000 fewer than expected blood donations made since May. Citizens from the area took time to donate blood.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire at old Rusty Spur battled

    Emergency responders were called to a structure fire at the old Rusty Spur in Monongah Friday night.

    July 25, 2014

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive today

    Marion County residents have the chance to save lives today.

    July 25, 2014

  • Boil water notice for the City of Fairmont

    On July 25, the City of Fairmont had a water line break in Barrackville on School St. and surrounding areas

    July 25, 2014

  • UPDATE: Senator won't comment on lawsuit filed against him by brother

    A $1.7 million civil lawsuit has been filed by John Manchin II against his brothers U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III and Roch (Rock) Manchin.

    July 25, 2014

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads