Last Words



McKinley Architects & Engineers

The Thrasher Group

Williamson Shriver Architects

October 18, 2016 - Volume 36 Issue 10

The number of laptops, tablet computers and other devices in Vermont schools has exploded in the last several years, according to a new Agency of Education technology survey. Schools own about 85,000 devices for student use, up from about 45,000 in the same survey just two years ago, meaning Vermont schools have more computers than kids (Burlington Free Press, Aug. 11).

No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring. Samuel Johnson (1709 -1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.He is also the subject of perhaps the most famous biography in English literature, The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell.

“Dr. Martirano has done an outstanding job as our State Superintendent, has had positive impact on the state’s educational system and has mapped out a clear path for continuous improvement.” – Mike Green, president of the West Virginia Board of Education

“These people are not teachers within the meaning of the code.” – Howard Seufer, attorney for the Monongalia County school board, arguing before the West Virginia Supreme Court that the board should be able to go through its Regional Education Service Agency to hire interventionists to help students with reading and math

“There is a slippery slope that school boards would be turning over hiring decisions to other entities.” – Robert Bastress, attorney for the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, arguing that allowing school boards to hire workers through RESAs represents a loss of local control.

“There is some merit in this that the inputs are not equaling the outputs. I think we can be better. We will be better.” – Grant County Supt. Doug Lambert on the new A-through-F grading system for schools

“Regardless of what concerns we might have about how parents, the community and the press will react, it is here to stay and is not going away.” – Marion County Supt. Gary Price on the new grading system for schools

“I think for the first time in the history of the state, we will actually accredit our schools based on what our students are doing in the classroom.” – Lloyd Jackson, vice president of the state school board, on the new grading system for schools

“The one lesson that I’ve learned from this is that every single thing you do has to be documented because, if you don’t, you don’t get your funding, and then it costs more.” – Kanawha County Supt. Ron Duerring on recovering from flood damages at schools

“Every rule is put in for a reason.” – Bernie Dolan, executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission