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Superintendent's Message - Back to School
April 4, 2018

Pleasants County Schools is in full swing with Spring Events and Activities. It is a very busy time for all of our students and their families. The fourth nine weeks is under way with mid-terms coming out on April 19, 2018. Each school is gearing up for the General Summative Assessment (GSA) and we know our students will perform well, thanks to our teachers who have been working diligently to prepare them for these tests. The assessment will be administered in Pleasants County Schools the week of May 14th, 2018. 

Graduation for the Class of 2018 is rapidly approaching and will take place at the St. Marys High School- Bill Hanlin Stadium on Sunday, May 27th, 2018. There are so many bright and talented students in this class and we look forward to sharing their journey as they transition into the world. 

Pleasants County Schools take great pride in their school facilities and many projects are slated for this summer. We are very excited to continue with the WV School Building Authority project at Pleasants County Middle School (Phase 2 & 3).  Work will begin in May 2018 and includes much needed restroom and locker room renovations. Also, beginning in June of 2018 we will start the St. Marys Elementary and Belmont Elementary “Safe School” entrance projects. The Athletic Timing & Storage Building will be completed this summer with the help of the local union workers/apprentice’s, MOVTI students and instructors, and the maintenance department.

Pleasants County Schools is planning and working on the 2018-2019 school year activities, including: the Annual Budget, School Calendar, Summer School/Extended School Year, and Energy Express & Summer Boost programs. Teachers and administrators have been involved in the textbook adoptions for this year in the area of Mathematics.

We are very proud of the hard work of our students and staff and we would like to invite everyone to visit our schools this spring as our students showcase their many talents in numerous extracurricular activities.                                                                                                                                                             

Please continue to stay actively involved in your student’s education and do not hesitate to contact your child’s school with any concerns or questions. Together we can make a difference in your child’s success.


February 7, 2018

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. It is really hard to believe that it is February 2018. We will continue to keep student safety as our number one priority when decisions are made this winter in regards to school closings. Pleasants County has currently missed 7 inclement weather days.

As the news continues to cover the pending negotiations at our state capital to improve our employee benefits, please be reminded that all Pleasants County employees are keeping our children first in their hearts as they strive to work with lawmakers to ensure a fair compromise. 

The Pleasants County Board of Education and Superintendent are in FULL SUPPORT of the request for pay increases and PEIA funding and appreciative of the efforts of our staff to limit the impact on children while they advocate for their own families. The level of communication and professionalism exhibited by our valued employees is appreciated.

The third nine weeks is in full swing and mid-terms were sent home with students on February 5th, 2018. The academic year continues to be a success with each school working diligently in improving instruction, so that every student can reach their full potential in the classroom. 

Pleasants County Schools continues to update our facilities. Pleasants County Middle School will begin Phase 2 and 3 in late Spring, which includes more ADA compliant restrooms and renovations to the locker rooms. Also, new Safe School Entrance construction will begin at Belmont Elementary and St. Marys Elementary this Summer thanks to School Building Authority (SBA) funding.   

I encourage parents to stay involved in your child’s education and attend school programs and activities. I also encourage everyone in the community to continue to support our student-athletes at Pleasants County Middle School and St. Marys High School with Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading. Thank you for your continued support as we strive to provide the very best education to your children.

December 2017

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! It is always nice to spend time with friends and family around the holiday season. We are so blessed in Pleasants County to able to enjoy all the schools academic achievements and extra-curricular events.

Fall Sports have concluded and we are beginning the Winter Sports Season with Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading. I would like to wish all teams a healthy season and good luck!

The Christmas season is almost upon us. Students are currently preparing for their Christmas Concerts and are excited to perform for their parents, teachers and the community. We encourage everyone to come out and support our students at one of the school concerts to help you get in the holiday spirit.

It is hard to believe the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year is almost over. The second nine weeks will end on December 22nd. Christmas break will be from December 23rd, 2017 through January 2nd, 2018. Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 and together we will continue to strive for excellence.

I would like to wish everyone… A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!       

October 2017

It is hard to believe that Pleasants County Schools is nearing the end of the first nine weeks, which will be on October 19th, 2017. Report cards will be sent home with students on October 26th. Many educational programs designed to improve student achievement continue to be implemented throughout our schools. Each school’s curriculum and leadership teams have completed their school’s 2017-2018 strategic plan, which outlines their specific reading/language arts and mathematics goals for this year. Our schools are continuing to guide students academically to reach their fullest potential. Also included in each school’s strategic plan is the professional development that will be provided to our staff to assist them with strategies and tools to meet individual students’ needs.

The former SMHS weight room has been reconstructed at the new athletic facility, thanks to the help of several volunteers and the local trades union. We are so grateful to have such strong community support and our school will benefit from the use of this building for years to come. Pleasants County Middle School will begin the construction process in the Spring of 2018 for Phase II and III of their project which will include renovations to the locker rooms, pool area and restrooms in the back of the school. The safe schools entrances are complete as well as the bathroom renovations in the front of the school. We have been so fortunate in Pleasants County to have been the recipient of numerous School Building Authority projects. Many great improvements to our facilities have occurred as a result of these funds. As your superintendent of schools I will continue to adamantly pursue state funds through the SBA that will benefit our schools and community. Maintenance and renovation of our schools continues to be a top priority and our facilities reflect the great pride we have in them by the way that we take of them.

The 2017-2018 school year has started in a very upbeat and positive manner with each school seeing success and gains on their school and students’ GSA results We believe that this school year will prove to be even better as a result of the hard work on the part of our students and staff and by the strong family and community support we receive in this wonderful county!

July 2017

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer and are ready for a new and exciting school year. The first day for teachers is August 14th and students will begin on August 17th. Pleasants County Schools are eager to greet students and get the school year started.

There have many facility upgrades throughout the summer, including painting, floor replacement, and paving at three of our facilities. Principals, Custodians and the Maintenance Department are working diligently trying to complete everything before school begins.

Summer School, Summer Boost and Energy Express had another successful summer session. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication put in by the staff and students. Pleasants County Schools continues to provide the very best education for our student through all these summer programs.

Pleasants County Schools had a very successful 2016-2017 school year both in the classroom and on the playing fields. All four schools and the central office received glowing reviews from the Office of Education and Performance Audits. All schools GSA scores continue to improve, along with benchmark assessments. St. Marys High School won three Class “A” State Championships in Football, Boys Cross Country and Boys Track. The Pleasants County Middle School teams and our Youth and Park League teams had very successful seasons as well. Congratulations and thanks for putting Pleasants County in the spot light! 

All great things are accomplished together. I appreciate all of the support we have received from parents, community members, and staff in making Pleasants County Schools the very best. I look forward to the 2017-2018 school year with anticipation of great things to come as we continue this positive journey together!

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