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North Central W.V.: State Brd of Ed calling for more social emotional services for students

Dec 2, 2018, Clarksburg (WV) Exponent Telegram: North Central West Virginia school officials support state committee funding recommendations, skeptical of passage https://www.wvnews.com/theet/news/north-central-west-virginia-school-officials-support-state-committee-funding/article_23bba410-be0d-5958-8f53-52fae8e8d1ac.html North Central West Virginia school officials say recommendations for school funding changes recently approved by a state Board of Education committee would be helpful in addressing some of the issues faced by communities. Last week, the state board’s Finance and Funding Committee approved a series of recommendations it says will allow counties to more adequately address student needs…. According to Kristin Anderson, executive director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Education, the recommendations include the following:… … — Increased funding and flexibility for counties to address students’ physical and mental health needs and allow for additional mental health counselors, guidance counselors, social workers, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists; … Area school superintendents were particularly supportive of directing more state funds toward meeting students’ physical, emotional and mental health needs. … “I think mental health and all that, to me, that’s the highest priority,” he said. “These are major, major issues … We’ve always had issues, but I just think the larger numbers we’re seeing of children with major issues in their homelife.” … “We want to take care of the whole kid, and that includes their physical wellbeing, their emotional wellbeing, their mental state,” Cheeseman said. These issues are becoming more prevalent across the state, he said. … “What we’re seeing is more and more children with social and emotional needs. I would like to see money go for training for teachers,” Lewis said. Additional counseling services are also needed, she said. …