The West Virginia Department of Education requires every county school district to produce a Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) every 10 years. The final CEFP will function as the district’s “blueprint” for facilities’ expansion, renovation and construction for the next decade. It will link projected facilities’ needs to the district’s strategic plan and educational standards. It will be based on an educational framework and on the condition and adequacy assessments of existing facilities. It will consider enrollment versus capacity. It will factor in the cost to correct deficiencies and to provide equitable facilities.
Mon County Schools’ administrators, teachers and a steering committee comprised of civic leaders and engaged community members have begun our county’s 2020-2030 CEFP process, which will end with the submission of a finalized plan to the Department of Education in mid-June.
The steering committee has defined the following as preliminary high-level goals for the 2020-2030 CEFP:
· To continue to address ageing facilities, especially those not addressed in previous CEFPs;
· To expand career and technical education (CTE) and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at high schools and middle schools;
· To focus on student wellness, both mental and physical;
· To continue to improve school safety and security.
Among the next steps in the CEFP process are four structured community dialog meetings, which will be held at Monongalia County’s three high schools and at South Middle School.
· Wednesday, February 19, 2020
o UHS Auditorium – 4-6 p.m.
o South Middle Auditorium – 7-9 p.m.
· Wednesday, April 15, 2020
o Clay Battelle Middle/High Auditorium – 4-6 p.m.
o MHS Library – 7-9 p.m.
Parents, students and community members are encouraged to participate in any one of these meetings to offer their perspectives on continuing improvements to our students’ educational environment.
Additionally, an on-line community survey will be accessible through the Monongalia County Schools’ website https://boe.mono.k12.wv.us beginning Feb. 20.