PARKERSBURG - Wood County Schools officials are working to ensure new school administrators and teachers start the new year on a positive note.
The district held a one-day training session this week for new administrators. Five new administrators - Nathan Haynes, assistant principal at Parkersburg South High School; Randy Edge, assistant principal at Williamstown High School; Roger Thompson, assistant principal at VanDevender Middle; Justin Hartshorn, assistant principal at Jefferson Elementary Center; and Mindy Wilson, principal of Waverly Elementary - attended the training.
Karen Brunicardi, director of elementary education, said the system expects to have seven new administrators at the beginning of the school year. Pam Goots, who was recently hired as the new princpal of Parkersburg High School, was unable to attend the training and the replacement for her PHS assistant principal position has not yet been chosen.
Incoming Wood County Schools administrators, from left, Nathan Haynes, assistant principal at Parkersburg South High School; Randy Edge, assistant principal at Williamstown High School; Roger Thompson, assistant principal at VanDevender Middle; Justin Hartshorn, assistant principal at Jefferson Elementary Center; and Mindy Wilson, principal of Waverly Elementary, attend a one-day training session. (Photo by Michael Erb)
Brunicardi said the training gave the new administrators the chance to meet with the various department heads at Wood County Schools.
"We introduced them to key central office administrators," she said. "We also review with them the typical administrative responsibilities of their new positions."
Brunicardi, along with Mike Winland, director of secondary education, reviewed the district's standard operating procedure manual with the new administrators to make the transition into their new positions more smooth.
Brunicardi said the school system also holds monthly administrator meetings and she and Winland hold separate elementary and secondary administrator meetings each month throughout the school year.
The district's incoming and transferring school administrators aren't the only ones getting a leg up on the school year. Judy Johnson, director of curriculum, said Wood County Schools will have about 70-75 new teachers this fall.
The new teachers will meet for a day-long orientation session Aug. 15 at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna.
Johnson said the event will focus on explaining the county's policies and procedures to new teachers, as well as guiding them through the district's instructional initiatives and classroom best practices.
"We'll do a follow up in January to get feedback on the questions they have and how things are going," Johnson said.
The number of new teachers this year is similar to the number of new hires last year, Johnson said.