CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Department of Education named its Schools of Excellence for the 2013-14 school year, and from the 10 that made the exclusive list only one is a high school.

Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County earned the honor for the first time.

“We are very excited about it,” said Hoover principal Mike Kelley. “I know everybody in the Elk River community is excited about it and certainly we are at the school as well.”

Kelley, in his fourth year at Hoover, said working toward the School of Excellence distinction has been a goal from the start.

“What it comes down to is great teachers and smart, motivated students with a strong community behind them,” Kelley said. “I think that’s been our recipe for success.”

Starting next fall a sign will hang at the school entrance proclaiming the school’s honor. Kelly said it will not only be a source of pride, but also a source of inspiration to build on.

“Every time they enter the building next year, they’re going to walk past that sign,” he said. “That just raises the bar, raises their expectations, and raises our expectations as a school and as a staff.”

Other Schools of Excellence include:

Berkeley County: Hedgesville Elementary

Brooke County: Colliers Primary

Cabell County: Culloden Elementary

Clay County: Big Otter Elementary

Grant County: Maysville Elementary

Mercer County: Mercer County Technical Center

Nicholas County: Panther Creek Elementary

Ohio County: West Liberty Elementary

Randolph County: Randolph Technical Center

The Department of Education selected the schools using the following criteria:

♦ Rigorous and challenging curriculum

♦ A safe and drug-free learning environment

♦ Participatory leadership

♦ Active teaching and learning

♦ An environment that strengthens teacher skills

♦ Documented student achievement

♦ Implementing advanced and innovated programs.

The schools will be honored at a banquet and reception Oct. 9 at the Clay Center in Charleston.


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  • smitty

    Just another form of self promotion. just like teaching to the test. Most schools spend their time educating there students and most do not even try to get such award. Again it is more about self promotion and paper work! But with that said, congrats to HH!!!

  • hailey

    Dave, what are you talking about? This is a very positve story for Herbery Hoover, congrats to all the students and faculty

  • BigDave

    Larry, kids go to Capital to get away from Hoover.

    • Larry

      I don't know about that, but sadly I doubt any high school is drug free, and I know that the Elkview and Clendenin areas have a drug problem.

  • Larry

    Good news, although I very seriously doubt that the school is drug free.

  • DBalasko

    How wonderful for Herbert Hoover. Way to go Huskies!!!