Evans Elementary School recognized by governor

Photo provided Vivien Webb interacts with Gov. Jim Justice during an assembly Monday afternoon to honor Evans Elementary School for its test scores.

EVANS — Gov. Jim Justice honored Evans Elementary School Monday afternoon as one of the two top performing schools in the state according to the Balanced Scorecard Accountability System.

Evans Elementary was the only school in the state to exceed standards in four areas of the Balanced Scorecard, said the governor’s office. The subjects are English Language Arts Performance, Mathematics Performance, English Language Arts Progress and Mathematics progress.

Blaine Hess, superintendent of Jackson County Schools, said the scores were measured not only by knowledge but improvement.

Principal Matthew Howery proudly spoke of his students.

“I just think historically our students have done well and are continuing to do well. We have high expectations and year in and year out, we generally live up to them,” Howery said. “Our goal is to improve every day.”

Howery said some type of reward or celebration for the students will be planned.

The faculty and staff gathered for an assembly-type atmosphere, Howery said. Other guests were state officials and Jackson County Board of Education members.

Justice interacted with the kids during his visit. Howery said Justice’s main message was to encourage the kids to be good people, encourage each other and continue to work hard.

Before leaving, Justice took a picture with each class.

Hosting the governor was a big deal for Howery. He said he hasn’t heard of any other times the governor has visited Jackson County.

“It will get students excited and feeling good about themselves,” Howery said.

The staff and faculty at the school play a large part in its success, according to Howery.

“Our staff is second to none. They’re knowledgeable in every way. Everybody knows their role and everybody holds everybody accountable. They’re a pleasure to work with every day,” Howery said.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.


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