An effort to identify problem areas and work out solutions at the Mercer County Vocational-Technical Center was launched by the WV Board of Education Bureau of Vocational Technical and Adult Education.
Clarence Burdette, assistant state superintendent agreed to work with Clinton Lilly, Mercer County Superintendent of Schools and his staff to help improve the Center's program in general.
"We are mainly concerned with the lack of participation by students. I think probably I have never been fully satisfied ... with the amount of students from different high schools who are attending the Center. We are going to try and see if we have problems ... and if there are any solutions."
The group looked at the curriculum offerings with an eye to which classes were not in demand and what classes had "very poor" job offerings in the area.
According to Burdette, the effort was not a "witch hunt" against the administrator, Echols Jeffries, nor was the state looking to remove him as administrator.
"We may need to provide more opportunities there for high school students who have dropped out of school, or for high school graduates who want more specialized education to get jobs. We are looking for improvement in the whole program. ... the main thing we are concerned with is that the [Center] does not seem to be very attractive to Mercer County students."
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