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Principal’s Leadership Academy taking place in Brooke County

Updated: Monday, August 11 2014, 12:53 PM EDT

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. -- Brooke County principals are preparing for the 2014 school year by participating in their annual leadership academy.
All of the principals in the county are attending the leadership academy on Monday and Tuesday ahead of Wednesday, when they start back to school. The purpose of the two-day workshop it to refresh their minds with some old concepts and also introduce new material to them.
Superintendent Kathy Kidder-Wilkerson said they spent a lot of their time Monday focusing on IEPs, also known as Individualized Education Plans. She says it's something important for all principals to refresh on so they can do the best job possible teaching those students.
Richard Boothby, a partner with Bowles Rice, was one of four speakers Monday.
"Yes one of the topics is special education and it's always an important issue,” he said. “But today, especially, they’re looking at some of the changes to the policies to the state board education that apply to special needs students."
The academy for principals has been going on for about eight years before the start of each school year.
"We focus on West Virginia Leadership standards and West Virginia High Quality School standards,” Kidder-Wilkerson said. “So using those standards, we try to get speakers so that every one of the standards is covered."
The program will have five guest speakers Tuesday.

Principal’s Leadership Academy taking place in Brooke County

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