KEYSER - Keyser High School principal Michael Lewis presented the school's Local School Improvement Council report to the Mineral County Board of Edward Tuesday, telling the officials he was “going to talk about where we are, but actually spend more time telling you where we're going.”

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Keyser High School principal Michael Lewis presented the school’s Local School Improvement Council report to the Mineral County Board of Edward Tuesday, telling the officials he was “going to talk about where we are, but actually spend more time telling you where we’re going.”
Every year the LSICs from every school in Mineral County are required to report to the board, talking about their programs, initiatives, successes and needs.
This was Lewis’ first report, however, as he just became principal of KHS last fall upon the retirement of Charles Wimer.
Lewis told the board members he is excited to be at the helm of what he has been referring to as THE Keyser High School.
“Every day I’m thankful to be there; every day the students amaze me,” he said.
He talked about the effect of positive attitudes, striving to do the right thing and thinking outside the box, and said the philosophy he is trying to instill in the students is four-fold:
1. Accept the challenge.
2. Be accountable.
3. Live with the consequences.
4. Do the next right thing.
“Be the change you want to see in the world,” he tells the students, urging them to always do their best.
“We need to get beyond this idea of being happy with mediocrity.”
Lewis told the board he is working to create connections between the students and the community, as well as with area colleges, to open up new opportunities in the areas of education, training, and careers.
He is especially excited about a partnership with the West Virginia National Guard which he expects to result in the re-establishment soon of the Junior ROTC at Keyser High.
“We have such a grand military tradition at Keyser, with the Ed Kelley and the support of the Lightning Division. It’s going to be good to see JROTC coming back,” he said.
The school is beefing up its counseling program, substance and alcohol abuse program, and suicide prevention program, and working with the Mineral County Health Department to host school-based clinics.
Broadcasting equipment which has been severely under-utilized since the school was built may soon be pressed into service for the journalism students.
Board members praised Lewis and his staff for their energy and enthusiasm - and the changes they have brought about.
“I’ve noticed the change,” Butch Wahl told Lewis. “Your attitude has really influenced the others.”
“I love your positive attitude and I love your positive energy,” Kevin Watson said, to which Lara Courrier added, “Your enthusiasm is infectious.”