TCHS named “Distinguished School”

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During the Board of Education meeting Special Assistant to the State Superintendent Karen Larry presented an award to Tucker County High School for their exceptional four year graduation rate.  “The WV Board of Education and the state board of education are recognizing schools based on individual measures which define student academic performance, growth, and school quality,” Larry said.


Principal Cosner receiving the Distinguished School award from Special Assistant Karen Larry.

This year, 51 schools are being recognized for one or more criteria that display a high standard of school quality.  There are 634 schools throughout the state.  Tucker County High School is one of 34 schools being recognized as a West Virginia Distinguished School.

Of those 34, 20 high schools were recognized for exceeding standards in their four year graduation rate.  “The Department of Education and the State Board of Education both wanted our schools to know of how proud we are of the work they continue to do, how thankful we are to the leaders who guide them in their daily work, and to the teachers who enable our children to succeed today and in their tomorrows,” Larry said.

President Stephen Cosner accepted the award on behalf of the high school.

Johnathan Hicks presented athletic achievements to both the men and women cross country teams for qualifying for the state competition.  TCHS Carpentry Instructor Paul Pennington presented his students’ recent work and asked that he be hired full time for next year.

The board discussed hiring a position to manage their Title 1 funds.   The board will consider the matter further after review of a December 18 report of the finances and staffing at Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School.

The board adopted updated lice procedures and protocols.  Michael Carr was hired as the automotive technology instructor for the high school.

May 23 and 24 are scheduled as make up snow days for November 15 and 16.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Board of Education office.