Law to present special ed mentoring report

PARKERSBURG – Wood County Schools Superintendent Pat Law tonight will present board members a progress report on the county’s special education program. Law said just about every year the county’s various special education programs are evaluated by the state.

“They monitor what we are doing. How we are doing. Are we meeting the regulations spelled out by the policies and laws governing special education?”

Law said officials came to the county last year and then presented their findings. School system officials responded to those findings.

“We respond to the areas they feel are in need of improvement,” Law said.

“They always find something and they always have recommendations. It is something very routine,” he added. “We have implemented a number of changes to improve areas that need improvement.”

At tonight’s meeting Law will identify those areas for board members.

“For the most part, the review came through with comments on the changes we made,” he said.

Board members will also approve a special meeting at the end of the month for the purpose of hearing accreditation reports from AdvancED. Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling said the meeting is needed so all board members can meet with the AdvancED officials for interview. Wood County is trying to becoming the first school system in the state to receive AdvancED accreditation.

“This is part of the continuous improvement process,” Fling said. “A lot of self reflection and evaluation that we hope will improve performance of the school system in all areas.”

The board will convene at 6:30 p.m. at the central office.