Superintendent Ravenscroft presents goals, including new school in Frankfort District

Staff Writer
Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Superintendent Troy Ravenscroft

By Liz Beavers

Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - Superintendent Troy Ravenscroft presented his goals for 2021 to the Mineral County Board of Education Tuesday, and as expected, they were a bit different this year due to the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

They also included the beginnings of a plan for a new school in the Frankfort District.

With all schools in West Virginia shutting down for the 2019-2020 term in March, then reopening Sept. 8 to a mixture of online and in-person classes for 2020-2021, Ravenscroft found himself forced to break new ground in an effort to ensure all Mineral County’s children are properly served by the school system.

“Like most people, I simply want to ‘survive and advance’ this year,” he tweeted following Tuesday’s board meeting. “Nothing is normal and every day holds new challenges, but we cannot overlook the importance of ensuring quality education.”

In his presentation to the board, Ravenscroft said, “We must keep health/safety as our top priority and improve our educational delivery efforts with each week.”

The three goals presented were as follows:

 - Curriculum and instruction: To ensure safe transition to re-entry and continued improvement in areas of educational access and instructional delivery during the COVID pandemic.

 - Health and safety: To ensure best practices are utilized regarding health and safety in our buildings and all school-related events.

 - Facility planning: Through collaboration with state and district finance and facility departments, to ensure the completion of the 10-year education facilities plan, KMS project, and comprehensive/timely application for Frankfort Primary School.

According to Ravenscroft, he will be submitting a request for funding to the West Virginia School Building Authority for a new pre-k-4 school in the Frankfort District, which is “much needed.”

“COVID won’t delay our efforts. “It’s a long process, but we’re hopeful to be able to make it a reality in the next few years,” he said.

“This is Step 1.”

Ravenscroft has been in the superintendent’s position since June 2019 and is currently in the second year of a three-year contract.