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19 Jul, 2024
Bridgeport Local Named New West Virginia Board of Education Chair
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Bridgeport Local Named New West Virginia Board of Education Chair

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – Nancy White’s commute just got a little longer. White has been named the new chair of the West Virginia Board of Education and will now have an office in Charleston with her name on it. Originally from Grafton, White currently lives in Bridgeport. She has 36 years of experience in the West Virginia school business, working at Taylor, Lewis, Jefferson and Morgan County schools. White has served on the board since 2018, most recently as vice chair. But the newly appointed chair knows some changes will be necessary, and one goal is crystal clear.

“I want everyone to focus on the kids, I really do,” White said. “We have a responsibility to do that because kids can only thrive in an environment that supports their optimal growth and development, and we all need to have that same focus, that same goal.”

White outlined the issues facing West Virginia schools, including a teacher shortage, school-community relations and student attendance, a problem she hopes to address as soon as possible. Since 2018, West Virginia schools have seen a decline in attendance across full academic years. According to the West Virginia Department of Education, 2023 will see 18,794 more students enrolled than five years earlier, or more than 3,000 students per year. For that reason, White hopes the new initiative will help find solutions to the problem statewide.

“There is a direct correlation between kids being in school and them being successful,” White said. “There are so many great teachers who create a family atmosphere in the classroom. I would like to see this initiative that is growing, the West Virginia Attendance Collaborative (WVAC), support counties on a regional level and try to find strategies and resources to help address this chronic problem of absenteeism, because when kids are in school, they don’t have any other problems.”