K-12 Public Education


Great public education in the Alleghany Highlands and graduates who are equipped to successfully transition into higher education, the 21st-century workplace, and lifelong citizenship.  (Adopted January 2014)


  • Engage with teachers, administrators and the community at large to develop approaches that improve educational outcomes.
  • Gather data about specific needs and promising practices for strengthening educational outcomes in our region.
  • Partner to provide focused professional development for implementation for promising practices.
  • Continue to monitor data for the long-term goals of building a career-ready workforce, a high graduation rate and a healthy community with an engaged citizenry.


Evidence of achieving this outcome would be as follows:

  • Student success with academic rigor and career and technical education.
  • Strong social-emotional learning in the classroom and school climate as measured by the risk behavior survey and data collection.
  • Good physical health.
  • Growth of employers and jobs because the area offers workers highly trained in the 21st-century skills.
  • Attracting new residents who want to relocate here because of the quality of public schools.

Current Investments and Strategic Partners:

 Joint Public School Systems (Alleghany County and Covington City Public Schools)

  • Instructional Technology Coach
  • New Tech Space Utilization Study
  • Motivational Keynote Speaker (for all staff, teachers, and administrators)
  • Responsive Classroom

Alleghany County

  • Jackson River Technical Center Welding Lab Upgrade & Enhancements

Garth Newel Music Center

  • Alleghany Mountain String Project

Alleghany Highlands YMCA

  • Leadership and Civility Classes

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

  • Professional Development, Summer Teacher Institute