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West Point School District teachers prepare for classes

August 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point School District hosted orientation for its teachers Thursday and Friday to prepare for the beginning of the school year.
WPSD Superintendent Burnell McDonald said Thursday’s orientation was for the district’s new teachers.
“We got the new teachers together to acclimate them to the way things we do here in West Point,” McDonald said. “Some teachers had taught before and others this is their first year.”
WPSD Business Manager Susan Cothren said the administration covered the grade book system with the new teachers, as well as setting up their email accounts.
“While they were going through their training, we got them set up on our payroll system and scanned into our time clock,” Cothren said.
Assistant Superintendent Tim Fowler said WPSD had 37 new teachers for the upcoming school year.
“District-wide, 37 teachers isn’t too bad,” Fowler said. “When you’re talking about six or seven schools, that’s not a large amount.”
He said the administration had ice-breaking activities for the teachers to better get to know each other and WPSD leadership.
“I had to leapfrog over Head Basketball Coach Brad Cox,” Fowler said. “I made him bend over as far as he could so I wouldn’t have to jump that high.”
Friday’s orientation was for all the district’s teachers, and new West Point High School Principal Jermaine Taylor, who was previously principal at Fifth Street Junior High School said it was the first opportunity to have all his teachers together.

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