It was well before the start of the Feb. 24 Westmoreland County School Board meeting, and the room which for most meetings only plays host to school administration and a few community members, was getting full. As more people piled in, chatter amongst the crowd revealed that many were intrigued as to why this meeting had the attention of so many people. Many followed the assumption that it was in relation to the recent arrest of Washington and Lee Principal Andrea Roane, but as the meeting got underway, the names on the public comment list remained few.
Montross Middle School Principal Jane Geyer presented on the word of the month, Respect. She shared a short video that students from the school’s multiple disabilities class had made about what respect means. She then introduced Victoria Brown, an eighth grader who has been part of the ‘Too good for Violence’ Program since sixth grade. She explained that it was a prevention program that teaches respect.
Special recognition was given to Montross Middle School’s guidance counselor Mark Brier, who after just two years, has become a nationally certified counselor.
The principals from each school then expressed their gratitude and thank you’s to the School Board as February is School Board appreciation month. The members were each given gifts from the schools including bird feeders made by art students at WDES and framed gifts made by select students at MMS. Cople Principal Sherri Almond told the board members, “We know the decisions you make aren’t easy, but we know you do them in the best interest of the schools. Thank you. You don’t hear it enough.”