Superintendent Information

Superintendent Information

 A productive highly effective education system is the cornerstone of a thriving community.  Ritchie County is no exception and thus we must always be purposeful in our intentions and hold true to a student-centered approach.  As Superintendent of Schools, employees, parents and the community at large can expect a focused approach to our work and an unwavering commitment to every student’s academic success.  As a school system, we must embody the following core beliefs:

  •       We believe in a climate of high expectations by all for all;
  •       We believe leadership matters and accountability by all is necessary for success;
  •       We believe on-going assessment and examination of results improve instruction and achievement;
  •       We believe all students must be provided explicit instruction from highly effective educators; 
  •       We believe all students must be actively engaged in a robust curriculum that is rigorous and student centered;
  •       We believe all students must be provided opportunities for personalized learning through differentiation and/or                   acceleration; and
  •       We believe all students must be provided a safe, caring and nurturing environment conducive to learning.

Our collective success will require a collaborative effort on the part of students, teachers, administrators, parents, board of education members and community.  We must earnestly solicit everyone's cooperation, participation and support of our schools.  As Superintendent, I challenge all of us to take ownership of our schools, to foster a school climate that is nurturing and a culture that does not accept failure.  Our principals must provide effective leadership and a vision tailored to meet the individual needs of their school.  Our teachers must provide a robust curriculum that is not only rigorous but relevant to our students.  Equally important, our teachers are expected to deliver instruction with fidelity, intentionality and in a manner that is purposeful for their students.  Our support personnel must provide the stability and infrastructure necessary for all things in our schools to function well.  Our students are expected to be actively involved in their studies and to be a positive influence in their school community.  On the same token, parents must play an active role in their child's education both at home and at school.  Henry Ford reminds us all that “coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress; working together is success!”


James G. Brown


"No man is so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”

Abe Lincoln


134 South Penn Avenue, Harrisville, WV 26362-0216

 Telephone 304.643.2991 / Fax 304.643.2994

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