MIDDLEBOURNE - Tyler County Schools started the 2010-11 school year with a new superintendent.
Robin Daquilante was hired to replace former Superintendent Jeff Hoover, who stepped down June 30, 2010.
Daquilante worked in Tyler County Schools for 31 years before taking the top position. She has a master's in education administration and leadership from Salem International University. Daquilante said she is focused on maintaining high levels of academic achievement and progressively implementing research-based instructional practices, 21st century curricula and technology.
Duane Dober, personnel director for the school system, said curriculum and instruction have been a big focus for Tyler Schools this year.
"We served as a pilot county during the first semester for a project called 'On-Target' which is a credit recovery project piloted by the West Virginia Department of Education," he said. "A program offered at the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute coupled with the Credit Recovery program at Tyler Consolidated High School by giving students the opportunity to recover credits toward a high school diploma or Graduate Equivalency Diploma."
Dober said the program allows qualifying students to regain credits for graduation or earn a GED by taking coursework during the morning and participating in GED preparation classes in the afternoon.
During the first-semesters of 2010-2011, a credit recovery program at the high school was used to identify 10 students as most at-risk based on a variety of factors. Those students were selected by counselors, teachers and administrators as being candidates for credit recovery.
"The project resulting in a 100 percent success rate for participating students putting them back on schedule to graduate with their cohort class," Dober said.
The school system also received about $4.2 million in grants awarded by the West Virginia School Building Authority, he said.
"That funding has enabled the district to complete major renovations to the heating and air conditioning systems at the Tyler County Preschool Center, Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School and Sistersville Elementary School," he said. "This money has also enabled the county to completely replace the roof at Tyler Consolidated Middle and High School."
In addition the grants enabled the county to install electronically controlled high-security doors at all schools which is also integrated with digital security video cameras at Tyler Consolidated Middle and High Schools. The latest round of funding will allow the county to install security cameras at the elementary schools as well.
Grant funding also provided for a Prevention Resource Officer who is based at the Tyler Consolidated campus but serves as an instructor at all schools as well as a consultant for administrators and faculty.