Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year

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The Gilmer County Schools’ Superintendent Patty Lowther presented her goals to Gilmer County Board of Education as well as the WV Department of Education:

GOAL 1: The Superintendent will foster high academic achievement among all learners in a safe and supportive environment by using the goals set forth on the District Strategic Plan for the 2018-2019 school year


  1. Analyze patterns in student achievement data
    • Review and report data to the school board and community of local assessments with Administrators in each building and central office
  2. Ensure that all staff support and believe that every child can and will learn
    • Support the culture of all students can learn through personal visits, observations, and data reviews

GOAL 2: The superintendent will ensure effective District governance through positive Board/Superintendent/Administration relations


  1. Develop a cohesive leadership team that is student centered
  2. Build positive relationship with each board member and administration
    • Communicate with the school board and administration on a weekly basis
    • Communicate concerns of the district on a timely basis

GOAL 3: The superintendent will establish a supportive, positive district climate and culture


  1. Establish positive relationships with key district leadership
    • Hold regular group and individual meetings with administration
  2. Be visible throughout the district
    • Regularly visit buildings, classrooms, and other facilities throughout the school year

GOAL 4: The superintendent will effectively and efficiently engage parents and other community stakeholders resulting in stronger partnerships.


  1. Establish CEFP committee to develop the plan 2020-2030 for Gilmer County Schools
  2. Be available to meet, discuss, and listen to parents and community stakeholders

Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

Comment by Better Times On The Way  on  09.12.2018

Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

Comment by Public Demands Answers  on  09.13.2018

Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

Comment by Who Minds The Store  on  09.15.2018

Go to to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

Comment by Look At Red Flags  on  09.16.2018
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