The Times West Virginian

April 29, 2014

Moore running for Marion County BOE

Says technology should focus on students

By Chelsi Baker
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Frank Moore is seeking a seat with the Marion County Board of Education.

He represents the West Augusta district and lives on Chestnut Street with his wife Linda.

Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health at Fairmont State University and a master’s degree from West Virginia University. He has a principal/superintendent certification and also attended the Principal’s Academy at Marshall University in 1989.

He has served Marion County Schools for 34 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and, most recently, facilities and activities director.

Concerning facilities needs in the county, Moore feels it’s time to renovate schools in the North Marion attendance area.

He commended the BOE on its work in Fairmont Senior High School with renovations and upgrades, he said, and he agreed with their decision to work on West Fairmont Middle and make renovations to Jayenne Elementary School, among other projects.

“I support following the current Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan with renovations or new construction in the northern end of the county as the top priority,” said Moore. “The BOE also needs to focus on the maintenance and upgrading of existing facilities and assure that the efforts are county-wide.”

Moore believes in community-based schools for Marion County, he said.

“In order for Marion County to attract new families to reside in our county, the appearance of our schools must improve to keep stride with our neighboring counties,” Moore said. “Our teachers and students deserve this.”

Moore feels technology and testing should be used as tools in the classroom to promote learning, and the focus should be on the students, he said.

“Principals, teachers and staff members should be concentrating on the end product — the improvement they incite in our children, not on training for tests or looking for the newest device,” he said. “Teachers need to be trained to address the weaknesses of all students, including special-needs and at-risk students. So much time is devoted to training in technology and assessment that basic strategies to raise the bar for low-performing students are ignored.”

Moore feels the school system must find a balance and use new technology to increase student achievement.

“More effort should be spent on building character, moral judgment, decision-making skills and study habits,” he said. “Our youth need to have the tools to become lifelong learners.”

Moore also believes more emphasis should be placed on career awareness, including what job opportunities are available and what skills are needed for the job market.

He wants to focus more on career educational opportunities that should go along with college preparedness, he said.

“Eighth-grade students should have a concentration to follow in their coursework until graduation: college readiness, community college/workforce readiness, career or technical education and community readiness,” said Moore. “We must instill the values of a good work ethic and good citizenship for the future of West Virginia’s youth.”

As far as staffing is concerned, Moore wants to hire teachers who meet the highly qualified standards as set forth by the state, he said.

“These teachers must be placed in the appropriate positions where they can be of the most benefit to the students,” said Moore. “Professional staffing numbers are based on the State Aid Formula, a ratio of teachers to students. We must ensure that our teachers are assigned appropriately to provide maximum instructional benefit. Care should be taken to ensure that positions added directly impact the needs of students.”

To meet the needs of all students across all areas of the curriculum, the focus must be on attracting and recruiting highly motivated teachers who truly care, he said.

“We need to offer a pay increase to attract teachers with multiple disciplines in math, science and foreign languages,” Moore continued. “Second, we need to increase service personnel positions in order to meet the maintenance and transportation needs in all parts of the county. Administrators often have difficulty finding substitutes to fill vacancies.”

Moore is a member of Saint Peters Fisherman Catholic Church, the Elks Club, Knights of Columbus and the Fairmont State University chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Alumni Fraternity.

He is also involved with the FSU Lettermen Association, WVU Alumni Association, Fairmont State University Association, Marion County Coaches, Big Ten Athletic Directors Association, West Virginia Athletic Directors Association and the National Federation High School Sports.

He encourages voters to visit his website at www.frankmoore.net to see his complete list of achievements and qualifications.

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.