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RESA?8 administrators discuss safe schools, policies

October 22, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

Bullying, harassment, assault, verbal abuses were words used when RESA 8 school administrators had the opportunity to provide input into a West Virginia safe environment policy. Administrators and counselors recently met at Moorefield Elementary School with West Virginia Department of Education staff.

Melaine Purkey of the WVDE presented proposed Policy 4373 Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools. Purkey said, "This presentation and discussion is to acquire input from school staff before the policy is finalized. The comment period closes Nov. 8."

Staff attended from Hampshire, Grant, Hardy, Pendleton counties and West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. Those attending from Grant County were: Garry Moore, Troy Ravenscroft and Mitch Webster. Those attending from Pendleton County were: Doug Lambert, Charles Hedrick, John Jenkins, Rick Linaburg, Lance Moran, Lincoln Propst and Timothy Woodward.

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From left, John Watson, Timothy Woodward, Lance Moran, Melanie Purkey, Rick Linaburg and Lincoln Propst attended a meeting discussing the West Virginia Department of Education’s proposed Policy 4373 — Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools.

"This is a very important policy in providing a safe environment for our students to learn in. I am grateful to RESA 8 for arranging this training with WVDE to be held in our area for our administrators. Too often our staff has to travel a great distance which is costly to our county. It is helpful to get clarification and policy intent directly from WVDE staff," Pendleton County Schools Superintendent Doug Lambert said.

Petersburg Elementary School Principal Mitch Webster said, "I found it to be very informative and the meeting format provided an excellent opportunity for fellow administrators to share thoughts and concerns about the new discipline policy. I believe it is vital for all involved to read the new draft proposal in detail and make comments as needed."

For additional information on the policy or to make public comment, visit the WVDE website. To learn more about RESA 8 visit the website. RESA serves the counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton.



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