The Times West Virginian

March 8, 2013

School personnel back Monongah project

PACE designed to help community, boost employment

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

MONONGAH — School personnel are on board with Monongah’s project to help the needs of the town and bring employment to the community.

During a meeting Thursday for the Program Advancing Community Employment (PACE) project, Rob Moore, principal of Monongah Elementary, and Paula McIntire, teacher at Monongah Elementary, met with PACE directors and Monongah residents to discuss the project.

The next step in the project is launching the needs assessment. After the assessment, the project will prioritize the needs and work to create jobs within Monongah helping those needs.

After hearing about the PACE project, Moore was interested in supporting the project that could benefit the children in the community. He attended the meeting to learn more about the PACE project and its goals.

Caprice Doty, board member of the project, said PACE is working to help adults as well as the youth of Monongah.

“We would take the needs of the kids and help them,” Doty said. “We’ve talked about a park. It could be a youth center. It could be a library.”

During the meeting, the group went over the needs assessment that will be mailed to Monongah residents. The assessment will ask residents, on a scale, what the need for a specific issue is.

Moore said he would help get the word out about the project and get more people involved. He thinks the project will expand as it goes on.

 

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