The Federal Programs department continues our work with teachers and
administrators to increase awareness of federal and state policy and best
practices as it applies to instruction in the core subject areas. Though our
focus is on the Title I initiatives of improving student acquisition of
skills in Mathematics and Reading, professional development has also been
provided for Science and Social Studies specialists as well as Integrated
Arts teachers. Data analysis has been of significant importance in the
development of program plans for Title I, Title II and Rural and Low Income
The development of a district-wide assessment plan for the use of research based assessments including DIBELS Next and AIMSWEB during the 2010-2011 school year will allow for the effective sharing of data between all schools K-8. The expansion of Parent Resource Coordinators positions in SMS and RCHS will also expand our efforts to facilitate communication and cooperation between home and school. Transition programs for incoming Kindergarten and Freshmen students help students moving into new school environments to become familiar with their new schools and to prepare for successful academic years.
The Child Nutrition department, in conjunction with the Roane County Schools Wellness Committee, continues their work to facilitate healthy lifestyles for all students in the system. Innovative programs including the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and the pilot program for incorporating stability ball seating in a 4th grade classroom have made significant inroads toward improving the health of our student populations. The child nutrition staff is committed to providing nutritious, healthy meals in all six schools and plans to increase the number of meal opportunities for students in the form of "Breakfast After First" and/or "Grab and Go Breakfast" programs.
Bill has worked in public education for 21 years, 10 as a classroom teacher in elementary and middle school and 11 as both a building and county office administrator. He holds a BA in Elementary Education from Bethany College as well as MAs in Elementary Education & Leadership Studies from Marshall University in addition a Doctorate (EdD) in Leadership Studies, Public School Administration from the same university. He is currently Director of Federal Programs (Title I & Title II) and Child Nutrition for Roane County Schools in West Virginia. His research interests include School Improvement and Technology Integration.