Wayne Board of Education candidate: Trey Morrone
HOME CITY: Kenova
HOME COUNTY: Wayne
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE : www.treymorrone.com
PERSONAL STATEMENT: “Success, Nothing Less” is my campaign slogan and my goal for all children in Wayne County. My profile shows that I take education very seriously and that my roots are in Wayne County. My grandfather (A.J. Perry) was born and raised on Mill Creek, and my mother (Barbara Perry Morrone) was raised and educated in Kenova. I have a lot of experience in leadership and public service. I want to give back to Wayne County. My goal is that ALL children will receive a quality education, and that they will remain in Wayne County to work and raise families.
EDUCATION: Ceredo Graded (1973); Ceredo-Kenova High School (1979, Valedictorian); Marshall University (1984, B.S., Chemistry); WVU College of Law (1988, J.D.); Marshall University (M.A.T./Post-Bacc Teacher Certification Program).
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: I have been an attorney for 26 years. I practice law full-time, primarily in Wayne and Cabell Counties.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: In addition to practicing law, I currently hold a license to teach the following subjects in West Virginia schools: Chemistry, General Science, Biological Sciences, Mathematics, English, Spanish and Elementary Education. Over the past 10 years, I have had the opportunity to serve Wayne County as a substitute teacher in the elementary, middle and high schools. In the early 1990s, I taught medical law at the former Marshall University Community College. I have also taught hundreds of students to develop test-taking strategies for standardized tests, such as the ACT, SAT and LSAT. I have sixteen consecutive years of public service in local government, serving as City Attorney (1991-1999) and Mayor (1999-2007) of the City of Kenova.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: C-K Rotary (1994-2009) (Paul Harris Fellow and Past President).
FAMILY: Married to Heather [Shannon] Morrone (18 years). We have three awesome teenagers: Blass (16); Kane (15); and Giorgi (14).
1. Where do you stand on the bond issue?
I support the bond. These projects are a very high priority for Wayne County. In the past, the State has provided us with sufficient funding for school construction. This time, we are required to pass a bond to contribute money. We must answer YES, to show the State we are willing to step up and support education in Wayne County.
2. What is the most important qualification to look for in a new superintendent?
The most important qualification to look for in a new superintendent is the ability to manage, effectively and wisely, with the best interests of the children always being the focal point of decision-making.
3. What do you think needs to be done to the school calendar to ensure students meet the state's 180-day requirement?
Normally, we have no problem meeting the 180-day requirement. This year has been very unusual, primarily as a result of the harsh winter. The best way to ensure students receive the 180-days of instruction is to build in a sufficient number of “back-up” dates, to be utilized as necessary.
4. Should the number of Advanced Placement courses available to students be increased?
An increase in the number of Advanced Placement courses in Wayne County is already planned for next year. AP courses are very valuable to Wayne County’s college-bound students, because students earn college credits in a high school environment and can use them nationwide. We should provide as many AP courses as we can, at all three high schools.
5. How can schools be made safer?
The safety of our children is a top priority. We have already implemented many additional safety measures in our schools, and we need to be vigilant to monitor and enforce them. We should continue to educate our children and school personnel about the importance and necessity of a safe school environment.
6. Do you think enough is done for academically talented students?
Academically talented students who strive to achieve in higher education and research should be stimulated with as many challenges as we can afford. The AP course is one measure we are taking in this regard. Likewise, the needs of our students who strive for success in our model CTE programs should be equally met. All students deserve success, nothing less.
The Herald-Dispatch welcomes your comments on this article, but please be civil. Avoid profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, accusations of criminal activity, name-calling or insults to the other posters. Herald-dispatch.com does not control or monitor comments as they are posted, but if you find a comment offensive or uncivil, hover your mouse over the comment and click the X that appears in the upper right of the comment. If you do not want your comment to post to your personal Facebook page, uncheck the box below the comment.