Suzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nAt the Pocahontas County Board of Education Local School Improvement Council [LS IC] meeting Monday afternoon at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, principal Ricky Sharp gave a presentation on a new style of teaching for third through fifth grade.\r\n\r\nSharp explained that the third, fourth and fifth grade teachers are rotating their students, and each is focusing on one subject, much like a middle school or high school setting, in hopes to provide a well-rounded education to the students.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m a big advocate for looping \u2013 one teacher taking a class all the way through,\u201d Sharp said. \u201cThey start with kindergarten and, all the way through fifth grade, they are with the same teacher. I advocate for that because the teachers tend to know where their students left off and every year, when they change a teacher, you lose some time for that teacher to get to know their students.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhile Sharp understands it will be difficult to implement looping at GBEMS, he did start departmentalization, which has shown to be effective.\r\n\r\n\u201cBy going to departmentalization, those teachers are going to teach the same content area,\u201d he said. \u201cThey know where their students were so this is as close as I feel like I\u2019ll be able to get to looping. I hope that you\u2019ll see our scores improve across the board this year and, especially, next year.\u201d\r\n\r\nSharp added that Angela Vandevender is teaching reading; Elaine Sheets, writing; Kim Shinaberry, math; Cheryl Nelson, science; and Kelli Tallman, social studies.\r\n\r\nSo far, the students have responded well to the program and the teachers are enjoying it, as well.\r\n\r\n\u201cMrs. Nelson has taken science \u2013 she really likes the science,\u201d Sharp said. \u201cShe likes doing the hands-on projects with the kids. The kids have responded really well with that.\u201d\r\n\r\nSharp also discussed issues the school is having, including a faulty intercom and clock system. He said maintenance is working on the problem to get the issue resolved, but it may require replacement parts.\r\n\r\nSharp yielded the floor to student body president, eighth grader Kelsey Taylor, who gave a report on the school year.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis year\u2019s school year has been going really well because less people are getting in trouble,\u201d she said. \u201cWe have a clear understanding of behavior expectations, which means the rules are easier to understand and follow. Our eighth grade class hasn\u2019t had any write ups, and Mr. Sharp noticed that, and he told us he would reward us for it.\u201d\r\n\r\nTaylor said the eighth grade elected to go to the Franklin recreation center to bowl and roller skate. She added that Sharp is rewarding the middle school as a whole with a trip to the movie theater in December.\r\n\r\nSeveral grade levels gave presentations to the board as part of the visit. Kindergarten students performed the class nursery rhymes, \u201cBaa Baa Black Sheep\u201d and \u201cJack Be Nimble.\u201d Two of Cindy Himelrick\u2019s first grade students presented the class literacy fair project which won first place at the county fair.\r\n\r\nCheryl Nelson\u2019s fourth grade science students gave a presentation on a recent project in which they dissected owl pellets. The students shared their findings and explained the food web of owls.\r\n\r\nThe board thanked the students and staff for the information and for welcoming them to the school.\r\n\r\nIn miscellaneous management, the board approved the following:\r\n\r\n\u2022 Jimena Macedo Luna to remove her child from school, retroactive to October 31 through November 16, for educational leave.\r\n\r\n\u2022 M. Erin Baldwin to transport the Green Bank Elementary-Middle School eighth grade English\/language arts class to the Berglund Center, Roanoke, Virginia, by school bus, departing from and returning to GBEMS on November 16.\r\n\r\nIn personnel management, the board approved the following:\r\n\r\n\u2022 Employment of Shane C. Jones as assistant boys basketball coach at Pocahontas County High School, effective for the 2018-2019 season, at a supplement of $500. Position pending on sufficient number of players to make a team.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Creation of position technology systems specialist for Pocahontas County Schools, effective December 3, at state basic salary based on degree and experience, for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. Term of employment is 122 days. Term of employment shall be 200 days each year thereafter.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Employment of Freda P. McKean as substitute teacher for Pocahontas County Schools, effective November 7, for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year, as needed, at state basic pay.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Reclassification of Caleb Barkley from custodian IV at Marlinton Elementary School to custodian IV\/sanitation plan operator at Marlinton Elementary School, effective November 6, 2018 through June 30, 2019.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Resignation of Kathryn Chandler-Hall as substitute aide for Pocahontas County Schools, retroactive to October 31.\r\n\r\nThe next board meeting will be a Local School Improvement Council meeting Monday, November 26, at 3 p.m. at Pocahontas County High School.