by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] May 7, 2019 @ 12:07 pm; Updated: May 7, 2019 @ 12:07 pm
This morning, the West Virginia Department of Education released the final report from the West Virginia's Voice forums and surveys held over the past few months. You can view the completed report here:
In the report, analyses of comments and discussion with over 1600 forums attendees and 17,000 survey participants are detailed, with four main priorities identified:
- Increase social and emotional supports for students
- Increase flexibility for local schools, especially those that show the capacity for reaching high levels of performance
- Increase compensation for teachers and school personnel
- Increase professional development opportunities and incentives to address math shortages, both in terms of personnel and content knowledge
Roane County Schools Seeks Interested Parties for HVAC Maintenance and Repair Contract
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] May 6, 2019 @ 3:01 pm; Updated: May 6, 2019 @ 3:03 pm
Roane County Schools is seeking proposals for HVAC maintenance and repair at its five schools and Central Office complex. Interested parties should submit documents as detailed in the RFP linked below no later than 3:00 pm on Monday, June 10.
Tawney, Hays named Teacher, Service Personnel of the Year
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] April 29, 2019 @ 10:10 am; Updated: April 29, 2019 @ 10:30 am
At the Board's regular meeting on Thursday, April 25, Elizabeth Tawney, 3rd grade teacher at Geary Elementary Middle School, and Ray Hays, bus operator / mechanic, were announced as 2018-19 Roane County Teacher and Service Personnel of the Year. They will each now compete for the state Teacher and Service Personnel of the Year, respectively.
Ms. Tawney and Mr. Hays were joined by their colleagues as school nominees for the county award:
Geary Elementary Middle School: Elizabeth Tawney (elementary) and Rebecca Boggs (middle)
Spencer Elementary School: Lora Matheney
Spencer Middle School: Elaine Ashman
Walton Elementary Middle School: Andrea Hays (elementary) and David Halcomb (middle)
Roane County High School: Candace Deweese
Geary Elementary Middle School: Cindy Allen
Spencer Elementary School: Rebecca Hildreth
Spencer Middle School: Tara McKown
Walton Elementary Middle School: Amy Morris
Roane County High School: Shannon Stockner
Transportation: Ray Hays and Merlin Shamblin
Board Seeking Bids for Security Cameras
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] March 25, 2019 @ 2:30 pm; Updated: March 25, 2019 @ 2:31 pm
The Roane County Board of Education (Board) is soliciting bids for IP security cameras for Geary Elementary/Middle School, Spencer Elementary School, Walton Elementary/Middle School, Spencer Middle School, and Roane County High School.
For more information, view the RFQ here. Sealed bids are due no later than 3 pm on Friday, April 5, 2019.
2019-20 School Calendar Adopted
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] March 25, 2019 @ 9:47 am; Updated: April 1, 2019 @ 3:33 pm
At its regular meeting on March 21, 2019, after conducting two public meetings and a poll on Schoology, the Roane County Board of Education adopted a school calendar for the 2019-20 school year.
You can view this calendar here. Students will go back to school on Thursday, August 15, while teachers and 200-day staff will report back on Monday, August 12.
Board Extends Superintendent's Contract Through 2023
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] March 12, 2019 @ 9:10 am; Updated: March 25, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
At its regular meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019, the Roane County Board of Education announced that Superintendent Dr. Richard Duncan had accepted its offer of a four-year contract, which extends Dr. Duncan's service through the 2022-23 school year.
Duncan joined Roane County Schools as Superintendent on July 1, 2017. His initial two-year contract was set to expire on June 30, but Board members acted to extend it before the statutory deadline.
The terms of the new contract remained similar with the exception of the term length and salary consideration. Duncan's salary was ranked 55th among West Virginia's 55 county superintendents in his first two years of service. While details from other counties are not yet available, the new terms would move Roane County up to between 45th and 50th in terms of superintendent's compensation.
Duncan lives in Reedy, WV, with his wife, Sarah, an art teacher at Walton Elementary Middle School.
Roane County BOE Adopts Resolution Supporting Social and Emotional Health, Competitive Compensation
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] February 26, 2019 @ 2:51 pm; Updated: March 25, 2019 @ 9:48 am
At its regular meeting on February 29, 2019, the Roane County Board of Education adopted a resolution which, in part, calls on the West Virginia Legislature to:
Support robust programming focused on supporting the social and emotional health of all students,
Ensure that all students have access to a high-quality public education through competitive compensation and benefits for all school employees,
Increase support provided to counties in economic distress, especially for facilities maintenance and improvements and for instructional materials, and
Continue to provide for a fair and equitable distribution of state-level resources that drives all counties to provide their students with a world-class education.
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] February 22, 2019 @ 4:28 pm; Updated: March 12, 2019 @ 9:11 am
Parents with children who will be four years old by June 30th may enroll their children in the Roane County Pre-K Collaborative for the 2019-20 school year. Registration will be held April 5 and 12. Please call the Roane County Board of Education at (304) 927-6400 to schedule an appointment and for application information.
Parents whose children will be five years old prior to July 1st and have not been previously enrolled in Roane County Schools, please contact your local school for enrollment information.
Glenville State, Roane County kick off Home Grown initiative
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] February 11, 2019 @ 3:18 pm; Updated: March 12, 2019 @ 9:10 am
Glenville State College, historically central West Virginia's home for teacher education, signed a memorandum of understanding with Roane County Schools and 12 other county school systems in West Virginia to kick off their "Home Grown" teacher training initiative at the West Virginia State Capitol on Thursday. Under this program, students from participating counties who attend Glenville State College and train to become teachers of math, science, or special education may receive a "full ride" through a combination of scholarships and grants. GSC and the counties hope that by giving potential teachers treatment usually reserved for star athletes, including enhanced mentoring and supports, more teachers will choose to stay close to home and address WV's growing teacher shortage problem.
Pictured here are the West Virginia State Senate, who recognized GSC and the counties with SR 35, Glenville State President Dr. Tracy Pellet and staff, and county superintendents.
Voters Approve School Bond
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] November 14, 2018 @ 1:17 pm; Updated: March 12, 2019 @ 9:11 am
Roane County voters approved our school bond to fund over $9.5 million in facilities improvement across the county. This is the first school levy approved by Roane County voters since the previous school bond in 1994.
Coon recognized as Roane County Teacher of the Year
by Richard Duncan, Superintendent [CO] September 14, 2018 @ 8:47 am; Updated: February 22, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Spencer Middle School's Alicia Coon (5th grade) was recognized as Roane County Teacher of the Year during the 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year Gala at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV. Coon received a plaque, courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Education, as well as gifts from sponsors Coca-Cola, West Virginia Lottery, and more.
The West Virginia Teacher of the Year program began in 1964, and recognizes 53 county teachers of the year, plus a teacher of the year from the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind and Multi-County CTE Centers. Jada Reeves from Bradley Elementary School in Raleigh County was named West Virginia's 2018-19 Teacher of the Year at the event.