CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Parents and citizens were recently given a chance to provide their input for curriculum, instruction and design for the new Chapmanville Grade School.
Mary MacCorkle, assistant superintendent of Logan County Schools explained, “Clearly we want to project to the future and make learning in this new school preparatory for our students to move into the farther end of the 21st century. The economic base in this area is changing drastically and we have to prepare children for different kinds of jobs than they would have had in the past.”
With that in mind, attendees of the Feb. 22 meeting of the Logan County Board of Education (LCBOE) at Chapmanville Regional High School were broken into small groups and asked to chart their responses to several questions on pieces of poster paper.
Attendees were asked about their vision for instruction, how they believe children learn best, what is most important for classroom learning, how the new building can be used to facilitate learning and what classrooms should look like.
After 45 minutes of teamwork, attendees at the meeting were given a chance to peruse the answers of each group and provide positive feedback on ideas they liked.
One group posited their vision for instruction at the new school included a hands-on, collaborative learning environment filled with technology.
Another group said children learn best through engaging experiences where they can draw connections between instruction and real life.
Chad Preston, member of the LCBOE stated, he pleased with the amount of community participation at the meeting.
Superintendent Phyllis Doty explained, “We have a lot of educators in this room, and we have curriculum meetings twice a month where we go over every school…We are going to look at all this…We want the input of the community as we build this school. We have to prepare people for a vision of what the classroom will look like 30 years from now.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]