"We have to teach our kids more than just content areas and knowledge for them to be successful in life," Hatfield said. "We feel that our responsibility is more than just preparing kids to graduate from high school. So we're really putting an emphasis on the 'soft skills' -- the work ethic, the collaboration, the oral communication skills, and other things that make them more well-rounded."
The "Leader In Me" program is in line with Putnam County's BASES program, which was introduced to the county's middle and high schools during the last school year. BASES, or Behaviors, Attitudes and Skills to Enhance Success, encourages an emphasis on attendance, respect, eye contact and other social behaviors important to developing well-rounded students.
The Putnam County school board will hold its next regular meeting July 15 at 7 p.m. The board will also participate in a regional meeting at the Kanawha County Board of Education on July 12 at 4 p.m. The other county school systems involved will be Clay, Boone and Kanawha.
New legislation passed during the 2013 regular session requires counties within the same Regional Education Service Agency to meet and "identify administrative, coordinating and other county-level services and functions that may be shared between or among the county boards, especially when resignations, retirements, staffing realignments or similar events may occur."
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