Adressing attendance, unruliness go hand-in-hand

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram 

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As the majority of area schoolchildren enter their third week of classes, we’re pleased to see such an emphasis placed on keeping students in class.

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano made school attendance a focal point upon his arrival about a year ago.

Martirano told West Virginia MetroNews that staying focused on clear goals, such as improving attendance, will pay dividends in the lives of children.

 “If you keep those very clear, crisp goals that are very attainable for schools to reach — you keep those as the focus and you don’t change every year — we will see great things happen,” Martirano said.

In touting the 97 percent attendance rate in Mineral County, Martirano said, “There’s a culture of belief that all students can and will learn. There is no such thing as a throwaway child…

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