A United Focus: County Schools Embark on Strategic Plan for Improvement

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and other central office staff began surveying teachers and administrators, meeting with focus groups at each school and enlisting the services of consultants, Creative Leadership Solutions. The purpose of the activities was to identify specific areas of focus to improve student achievement.

Superintendent Sheena VanMeter and Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Strawderman presented their findings to the Hardy County Board of Education at their meeting on Monday, June 1.

“There were five areas that kept coming up in the discussion and on the surveys,” VanMeter said. “They included Classroom Management, Social/Emotional Learning, Content Based Professional Development, Instruction of English Language Learners and Data Analysis to Guide Instruction. We asked each school to pick three of those areas of which to concentrate initially.”

“We found it interesting that the state identified those same five areas of concern,” Strawderman said. “But we identified them in Hardy County first.”

It stands to reason that the needs at one school would differ from those of another school, and so the three areas each school chose were different. For example, Moorefield Elementary had different needs from East Hardy High School.

The important point, Strawderman said, is that the schools made their own choices.

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The next meeting of the Hardy County Board of Education will be held on Monday, June 15 beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Office, 510 Ashby St. in Moorefield. The public is invited to attend.