CHARLESTON – In order to consider ways to address the dropout issue in the area, Delegate Meshea Poore is joining The Education Alliance, United Way and many local organizations in kicking off a series community discussions with a meeting Tuesday evening at West Side Elementary School.
“The dropout crisis and a future West Virginia workforce with inadequate job skills threaten the economic, social, and democratic fabric of our community, state, and nation,” Delegate Poore said. “The costs of West Virginia students dropping out of high school are devastating and long lasting.
“Kanawha County and its citizens cannot ignore the damaging realities associated with students not completing high school. If we do, we will not achieve success in meeting the important educational needs of our working-age adults and youth.”
The first community forum entitled “The ABC's of School Success” will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the West Side Elementary. A moderator will lead participants in a discussion of several approaches to address the problem of dropout prevention in an atmosphere that encourages respectful sharing of differing perspectives. An issue guide with background information will also be available.
“The forum will bring together our community members in a thoughtful conversation about what can be done,” Delegate Poore noted. “Dropout prevention is an extremely complex issue requiring the involvement of nearly every sector of the community – business, policymakers, students, educators, state and local agencies, parents, and community groups. The ultimate goal of the forums is to consider individual, organizational, and community responses to the troubling incidence of students not completing high school.
“The forums will allow community members to unite in purpose and actions to significantly increase the number of students who graduate on time from high school college or career ready.”