ELKINS - The Randolph County Board of Education is distributing a survey asking residents to voice their opinions about how the school system's excess levy has impacted the county.
Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Terry George said an intern, Christopher Hamrick, took the lead in developing the survey to gather feedback about the current levy.
"We want to learn if folks are willing to continue the levy so that it provides educational opportunities for students in our community," Hamrick said. "I am developing an on-line link that will show exactly where the levy money is being spent."
On Tuesday, students and parents were sent a link on Engrade, with directions for parents and students to complete the survey. Hamrick said Randolph County staff members received an email with the link to the survey.
Local residents wishing to complete the survey can go to the Randolph County Schools website at boe.rand.k12.wv.us/ and click on the yellow bar at the bottom of the page to complete the questionnaire.
"The current levy has two more years of payments," Hamrick said. "We want to publicize all of the positive aspects of what we are doing and how the levy has benefited the county. It is important to understand what the levy is before making an opinion about it.
"It benefits students in so many ways, including providing technology, making sure the schools have money to buy supplies, upgrading facilities and providing maintenance to the facilities so students are safe."
George said he wants to thank the community for helping make those upgrades.
In the spring, George and Hamrick will make presentations in various locations throughout the county and invite the public to share in the accomplishments.
"Our questions will be, 'Are you willing to join us to continue offering students the many benefits derived from the current levy,"' George said. "The community sessions will start in May or June."
Hamrick said the support given to each school was different because the needs of students were different at each school.
"We took great efforts to see that all students got what they needed," George said. "We want to show you how we used the money and how it benefited each student. Thank you to all the residents for their faith in us. We did what we said we would do with the money, and want to be transparent about that."
George said he is pleased with Hamrick's survey and all he has accomplished in his internship. Currently Hamrick teaches art at Tygarts Valley Middle-High School and is a defensive coordinator for the football team at the high school.
Hamrick moved here from near Reading, Pa., five years ago and plans to make Elkins his home.
"I am glad for his services and think letting him get practical experience will better prepare him to enter into an office as an administrator some day," George said.
One of the questions on the survey asks if the respondent thinks the excess levy has increased the amount of technology in Randolph County schools and if it is important for the students of Randolph County to have experience with technology. All questions on the survey contain space for comments.