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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -

The West Virginia Board of Education has identified 32 low-performing schools across the state that will get additional support to meet the needs of their students.


Officials say the list of priority schools are among the lowest 5 percent of schools based on student achievement and a historical lack of progress over three years.

Schools named priority schools and their county are:

Barbour, Philippi Middle, Junior Elementary; Berkeley, Burke Street Elementary; Braxton, Braxton County High; Cabell, Peyton Elementary, Enslow Middle; Fayette, Ansted Elementary, Collins Middle; Grant, Union Educational Complex; Hampshire, Hampshire Senior High; Kanawha, Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary, Watts Elementary, J E Robins Elementary; Lincoln, Lincoln County High, Midway Elementary; Logan,  Buffalo Elementary, Man Senior High, Chapmanville Senior High; Mercer, Spanishburg School; Mingo, Gilbert Middle, Williamson Middle; McDowell, Southside K-8, Mount View High; Preston, Tunnelton-Denver Elementary; Summers, Summers County High School; Taylor, Anna Jarvis Elementary; Wayne, East Lynn Elementary, Wayne Middle; Webster,  Webster County High, Glade Middle; and Wood, Jefferson Elementary, Franklin Elementary.

The weaknesses of the schools will be outlined and each will be given a roadmap to success based on its specific needs.

State Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares says that officials will work with the schools and their county school systems to implement improvements.

A school can exit the priority status if it no longer satisfies the initial criteria and it demonstrates successful school turnaround strategies after three years.