Putnam schools achieving excellence

March 10, 2019
Putnam County Schools is a school system focused on achieving excellence through recognizable high expectations.

Putnam County Schools is home to 23 public schools, including three National Blue Ribbon Schools, 16 West Virginia Schools of Excellence, one National Title I Distinguished School and one Premier Career and Technical Center. Putnam County Schools accepts the challenge to create an opportunity for success for all students through the commitment of achieving excellence every day.

All Putnam County elementary schools and two middle schools participate in Leader In Me. Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model and process developed in partnership with educators that help to empower students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive. Leader In Me is based on practices and principles of personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness, and upon the compelling premise that every child possesses unique strengths and can be a leader. Putnam County is home to West Virginia’s first Leader In Me Lighthouse School, Hurricane Town Elementary.

All Putnam County educators possess a professional teaching certification, and the district is home to 60 National Board-Certified professionals. National Board Certification is the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and success. Putnam County had seven of the 51 teachers in the state who achieved National Board Certification for the 2018-19 school year.

Academically, Putnam County Schools consistently ranks amount the top achieving school districts in the state of West Virginia with an average ACT composite score of 21.8 — above the state average of 20.3 in all tested areas. National publications, such as Background Checks.org, rank Putnam County Schools as West Virginia’s best public school district, ranking No. 1 in the state for school attendance and outperforming state averages in all standardized tests.

Putnam County Schools had 654 high school juniors participate in the statewide high school “SAT School Day Test” in April of last year. All four Putnam high schools scored higher than the state in all tested areas.

Recently, every Putnam County school was honored by the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education for meeting annual targets on the West Virginia Schools Balanced Scorecard in reading, math or both.

Putnam County schools’ graduation rates are among the best in West Virginia and significantly higher than the national average, with the four-year graduation rate at 92.77 percent and five-year at 96.47 percent, while the dropout rate is among the lowest for all students. Winfield High School was recognized as being one of 51 schools to exceed graduation requirements during the 2017-18 school year.

The Putnam Career & Technical Center (PCTC) is recognized as one of only two Premier Career Centers in West Virginia and has a 91 percent positive placement for graduates.

This year, PCTC’s Economic Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) Team received a $50,000 grant from the West Virginia Department of Education’s Division of Technical Education and Governor’s Economic Initiatives EPIC Competition to begin construction on their project to help increase tourism, the local economy and to positively impact their community and school. The team’s EPIC project, “Eleanor Parks Innovative Cabins,” is scheduled to showcase in spring of 2020.

Putnam County Schools recognizes student and staff safety as the No. 1 priority through numerous services and programs including locked security entrances at all schools, security cameras and resource officers available for all middle and high schools. Putnam County Schools will always continue to put school safety at the forefront and work diligently to provide and maintain a safe and supported learning and teaching environment where all students are ready to learn, grow and achieve excellence. Putnam County Schools is a school system focused on achieving excellence through recognizable high expectations for all, with a Board of Education committed to success that is shared among students, staff, families, the business community and the Putnam community at large. Visit Putnam County Schools online at PutnamSchools.com for further information and insight on the flourishing achievement of both proud Putnam students and staff.

Micah Osborne is communications and events coordinator for Putnam County Schools.