Keyser Primary School is getting a new look as the Mineral County Board of Education Tuesday approved Tommy Hardy's Eagle Scout project to landscape around the digital sign at the entrance.
Keyser Primary School is getting a new look as the Mineral County Board of Education Tuesday approved Tommy Hardy’s Eagle Scout project to landscape around the digital sign at the entrance.
A member of Troop 27 and a sophomore at Keyser High School, Hardy told board members that the project will start with placing shale around the sign followed by constructing a wall of landscaping stones.
The area will be filled with dirt and planted with shrubs or other plants that the school would like.
Getting a nod from the board, Hardy plans to begin work in the coming weeks with completion planned for early October.
“Make it beautiful,” said Board President Lara Courrier.
Superintendent Troy Ravenscroft reported that comprehensive planning for next year is underway in the county.
The School Building Authority and the West Virginia Department of Education require county boards of education to complete a new Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) every ten years.
Ted Shriver, president of Williamson and Shriver Architects, told members, “It’s an exciting process,” noting that the plan looks at goals, how curriculum is conveyed, demographics of how Mineral County has changed and “determining how all these things are translated into the new plan.”
Shriver said that one of the best examples is that “STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) can’t be provided in a standard classroom and spaces need to accommodate for that program.”
Another step he said is, “Determining how all those improvements are financed.”
The board approved the 2020 CEFP Educational Planning Project Agreement, which members noted will cost $72,000. Ravenscroft said that the state did provide $10,000 per county toward the cost.
In other business, Ravenscroft announced that he will be presenting details of the recently released scorecard at the next meeting.
“Generally, there are a lot of positives,” he said. “Good trends in our data.”
The board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m., Sept. 25 for finance issues and a disciplinary hearing.
The next regular meeting is set for 6 p.m., Oct. 1.