The American Federation of Teachers has spearheaded that project. The AFT and the Benedum Foundation, a philanthropic organization, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the private-public partnership.
The plan includes efforts to create jobs, hire teachers and improve transportation and technology.
About 78 percent of school employees recently voted to approve a district-wide plan developed by Reconnecting McDowell, the county school system and the AFT.
That effort will be combined with changes resulting from a measure approved by the state Legislature during the last legislative session, part of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's education reform package, that establishes "collaborative innovation zones" in the county.
The idea is to forge "community schools" that focus on health and human services in addition to academics.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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