The Vinton County Local School District’s after-school Project Boost Program is making good progress. The program is meeting goals and enhancing the educational experiences.

During her report to the Vinton County Local Board of Education members during their Monday, Nov. 15 meeting, Assistant Superintendent Teresa Snider noted the district is in the third year of the five-year 21st Century Schools Grant. One of the grant requirements is holding stakeholders’ meetings.  One of those was held recently at Central Elementary. Snider explained the concepts and goals of these gatherings.

“The stakeholders’ meeting is where we get together and talk about where we are at in meeting our goals,” said Snider. "During that meeting, we were able to get together with the site coordinators. They were able to report the enrollment numbers. At Central, 225 students are enrolled with an average attendance of 85 to 90 students per day and 14 staff members. They often stay after and work very hard with kids.”

Snider continued, “At South, we have 109 enrolled with an average of 63 per day. We have 14 staff members who teach those kids. At West Elementary, we have 143 students enrolled and have an average of 65 students with 18 staff members on board.”

At all the schools, Snider added, the staff is working very hard at helping the kids with both homework and decreasing learning gaps. Snider stated parental and community stakeholders, involvement is also part of the program.

“Three parents, one from each school, attended, and they were very appreciative of the homework hour,” said the Assistant Superintendent. “We had parents Amber Lambert, Kristin Bay, and Stephanie Stenson as well as Travis West, our Ohio State University Extension partner. Travis does a lot in the schools and spoke about his involvement. It is mutually beneficial not only to our school system but also to his OSU Extension Program.”

Another part of the meeting is going through the Logic Model. She explains the Logic Model goal is to increase reading and math achievement. They are using the I-Ready program, among other things, for skill-building and gap closing in reading and math.

“We took a look over last year's evaluation and last year's evaluation was very comprehensive,” Snider continued. “We want to increase communication and include family events. With the pandemic, we could not do as much last year. We are looking at some dates to get more family involvement and do some family nights.”

She reported that Gallia-Jackson-Vinton Educational Service Center External Evaluator Brad Hutchins is very complimentary of the program. There will be an additional stakeholders’ meeting in February.

Superintendent of Schools Rick Brooks thanked Snider for the update and is pleased the Boost Program is doing well.