BOE: Sherman Jr. High to be middle school next year

By Heather Kinder - [email protected]

FOSTER, W.Va – The Boone County Board of Education met Monday, October 17 for a regular session meeting.

Many things were discussed at this meeting trying to determine the best outcome for Boone County Schools.

A definite decision was made about one of the county school; however it will affect four different schools in the county.

The Board of Education agenda stated, “It is the superintendent’s recommendation that the board approve the reconfiguration of Sherman Junior High so as to become Sherman Middle School and accept sixth grade students from the current Ashford-Rumble Elementary School, the current Sherman Elementary School and the current Whitesville Elementary School, effective July 1, 2017.”

The Boone County Board of Education approved the recommendation from Superintendent Jeff Huffman.

Sherman Junior High School Principal Matt Riggs said, “I think most of the staff is excited for it to finally happen.”

He said, “There are a lot of advantages to having the sixth graders up here. Academically that gives us three years we can work with them and that gives up a more time to develop longer relationships with the kids.”

According to Riggs it will strengthen the school’s athletic teams as well as student organizations.

“It will give us more students who will be participating,” said Riggs

An adjustment teachers will have to make according to Riggs will be teaching the sixth grade curriculum.

“We will be getting an extra English and math teacher,” said Riggs. “That will help significantly.”

According to Riggs once the sixth graders are combined with the current number of students in the junior high there will be approximately 290 students.

By Heather Kinder

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Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]

Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]


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