As another school year comes to a close, Jane Lynch, RESA 8 executive director, has been visiting counties to make RESA 8 annual report presentations. She recently presented to the Pendleton County Board of Education.
RESA 8 provides low-cost staff development for districts and also consolidates needs to lower cost through cooperative purchasing prices for food for lunch programs and software. Last year, RESA 8 counties collectively saved $2.3 million in food purchases alone. Its computer repair program has expanded to meet the needs of changing educational technology needs, and its public service training program works with firefighters and emergency medical service personnel to provide training, so participants can maintain certifications. RESA 8 provided training opportunities for more than 7,000 participants last year. The agency also provides both adult basic education and training for job readiness through SPOKES.
RESAs have been charged by the Legislature and the state Board of Education to work with schools not making Adequate Yearly Progress. RESAs are currently providing technical assistance by request, which may include data collection and discussions, planning for improvement, and training for staff. They are also currently working in several schools in the area, particularly to be proactive and address weaknesses to prevent identification as low performing.
"We are extremely pleased with the continuing partnership we have with RESA 8," Pendleton County Superintendent Doug Lambert said. "For example, Pendleton County has been conducting training for all administrators with Bryan Cooley, RESA 8 program development coordinator, leading the discussion. We anxiously await the implementation of our school transition toward embracing and formalizing Professional Learning Communities in our schools and preparation to adopt the growth model to measure individual, school, and county student achievement."
For additional information about RESA 8, call 1-304-267-3595 or visit www.resa8.org. RESA 8 serves the counties of Grant, Hardy, Hampshire, Mineral, Pendleton, Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind.