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Communities In Schools Program Expands To 53 Counties

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Fifteen counties have joined the West Virginia Communities In Schools (CIS) program bringing the total to 53 counties covered. 

That also brings in an additional 48 schools in Barbour, Boone, Cabell, Doddridge, Hancock, Jefferson, Marion, Mason, Mineral, Monongalia, Ohio, Pocahontas, Putnam, Roane, Tucker, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt, and Wood counties according to Gov. Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice. They announced the additions at Monday’s press briefing

“Reaching thousands of more students with critical needs in West Virginia is so important,” Cathy Justice said. “It is what we need to do to ensure that they are on the right path to a successful future. Getting them to high school graduation and a plan for success beyond, is the best thing that we can do for them. The earlier we start, the better.”

The Justices started their CIS statewide initiative in three counties in 2018. Including today’s newly announced additions, the program serves more than 100,000 students in 260 schools across the state.

“Communities In Schools has had a life-changing impact on thousands of students in our state,” State Superintendent of Schools Michele L. Blatt said. “The relationships between site coordinators, schools, students, and families are at the core of this success. These students need support and structures that help them recover from setbacks and regain the confidence to believe they can do great things. Communities In Schools is essential to opening options and pathways for those needing hope and a vision for their future.”

“I can tell you without any question whatsoever that this program is working,” Gov. Justice said. “There are so many heartbreaking stories, from kids living in bad situations to just being hungry. There is a lot of bad stuff out there, but this program is fixing those problems. Communities In Schools is getting children on a pathway to do some amazing stuff and reach their full potential. I am so proud to be part of this program. It is unbelievable.”

CIS forges community partnerships and brings resources into schools to help remove barriers to student learning with a goal of keeping all students in school and ultimately graduating.

The new CIS counties/schools announced today are:

Barbour County

  • Kasson Elementary/Middle School
  • Philippi Middle School
  • Philip Barbour High School 

Boone County

  • Madison Elementary School
  • Van Elementary School
  • Sherman High School

Doddridge County

  • Doddridge County Elementary School
  • Doddridge County Middle School
  • Doddridge County High School

Hancock County

  • Weirton Elementary School
  • Weir Middle School
  • Weir High School

Jefferson County

  • T.A. Lowery Elementary School 
  • Wildwood Middle School
  • Jefferson High School 

Marion County

  • Watson Elementary School
  • West Fairmont Middle School
  • Fairmont Senior High School

Mason County

  • Point Pleasant Primary 
  • Leon Elementary School
  • Point Pleasant Intermediate
  • Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School

Mineral County

  • Keyser Primary School 
  • Keyser Middle School 
  • Keyser High School

Monongalia County

  • Skyview Elementary School
  • Westwood Middle School
  • University High School 

Putnam County

  • Buffalo Elementary School

Roane County

  • Spencer Elementary School
  • Spencer Middle School
  • Roane County High School

Tucker County

  • Davis Thomas Elementary Middle School
  • Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School
  • Tucker County High School

Wetzel County

  • New Martinsville School
  • Paden City Elementary School
  • Paden City High School
  • Magnolia High School

Wirt County

  • Wirt County High School

Wood County

  • Jefferson Elementary Center
  • Van Devender Middle School
  • Parkersburg High School

New schools in counties already participating are:

Cabell County

  • Highlawn Elementary School
  • Huntington Middle School

Ohio County

  • Elm Grove Elementary School

Pocahontas County

  • Marlinton Elementary School

Tyler County

  • Tyler Consolidated Middle School