West Virginia Executive Summer 2014 - Page 75

Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) are a story of success and flexibility as evidenced by continual cooperation and positive responsiveness from county school systems, support of the West Virginia State Board of Education and West Virginia Legislature. Through the work of dedicated, goal-oriented staff members in each RESA, we have maximized both financial and human resources by establishing cooperation between county school systems and other education-related agencies. RESA represents a wise public policy choice, not only on the basis of economic rationality but technically, socially and legally as well. Through our education initiatives, we have changed the face of education and its level of effectiveness and quality that would otherwise not be within the reach or scope of individual school districts and community agencies acting alone. Chances are that RESA has improved learning opportunities for you or someone you know through our various programs. RESA 1 initiates and implements numerous programs of benefit to students, county schools and their respective communities. Generally, these programs fall into four categories: Education, Health and Safety, Financial Benefits and Technology. PROG R A M S ESCAPe Firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and others are highly-trained professionals in the exciting and often dangerous field of first responders—men and women who are first on the scene of life-anddeath situations that require immediate attention. Our Public Service Training conducts the annual Emergency Services Conference at Pipestem, or ESCAPe, to provide advanced training and professional development sessions for first responders and public service training for adult education instructors in West Virginia. School Wellness The Regional School Wellness Specialist works with schools and community partners to promote wellness and a healthy environment for all students and employees. Technology Services RESA 1 Technology Services staff consists of 21 IT associates. Our staff provides support for a broad range of technology in the K-12 and Adult Basic Education environments with a primary focus on the WV Tools for School initiative and WVEIS. WVEIS The WVEIS staff averages approximately 50 phone calls per day in addition to emails and system messages in support of Student, Payroll, Finance and Personal end users, which is approximately 5,800 users. We develop specialized queries on a daily basis upon request for all users utilizing IBM Query & Sequel Query Tools. We provide group and individual trainings upon request in all six counties: Mercer, Monroe, McDowell, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming. More than 300 users were trained during the 2013-2014 school year in addition to the help desk support. Farm to School The Farm to Schoo