Hillsboro Elementary School’s 2014-2015 Assessment Test Scores – Amazing

Teachers Gina Hardisty and Shannon Alderman reported the state of the Hillsboro Elementary School at the October 5th Board of Education meeting. This meeting was held at Hillsboro Elementary School and included the Local School Improvement Council and Faculty Senate.

They reported the results from the West Virginia Summative Assessment Tests given at the end of last spring’s semester, and the results were nothing short of amazing.

Hillsboro Elementary School’s third graders scored 27% higher in Math then the rest of the County’s average, and 25% higher than the State average. In Reading, the Hillsboro 3rd graders scored 5% above the County average and equaled the State average scores.

The School’s fourth graders scored 14% higher in Math then the Pocahontas County average and 15% higher than the State Average. In Reading they scored 18% higher than the county average, and 15% higher than the State average scores.

The Hillsboro 5th graders scored 8% higher than the County average and 6% above the State average in Math, and in Reading they scored 29% higher than the County average and 20% higher than the State average.

Also during the meeting, 8 Hillsboro Elementary students talked “Trash Trek”, which is their cardboard recycling program, and other students talked about “What it means to be a Red Devil”, which was summarized by a sign in the school cafeteria which reads “We will be learners, We will be Respectful, We will be Successful BECAUSE we are Red Devils”.

Michelle Jeffers, representing the Local School Improvement Council, talked about the great shape that the Hillsboro School building is in and praised the new cafeteria and the air conditioning. There was also a presentation by the Robotics Team.

In other actions,

Interim Superintendent Beam stated that they had submitted the capital proposal to the West Virginia School Building Authority – the SBA- just before the deadline for such proposals at the beginning of October.

The Board voted to accept the County Commission’s offer to return ownership of the Slaven property in the Green Bank Industrial Park back to the Board of Education.

The Board also approved the following Personnel Actions:

  1. The resignation of Lauren A Prestopnik as a Teacher of English/Language Arts/Reading at Green Bank Elementary –Middle School, effective at the end of the day, October 9th
  2. The employment of Dottie M. Brock as a Substitute Aide for the County Schools, effective October 7th for the remainder of this school year.
  3. The employment of Dottie M. Brock as a Substitute Secretary for the County Schools effective October 7th for the remainder of the school year.


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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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