West Blocton Elementary is a rural preK-4th grade school located in West Blocton, Alabama which is part of the Bibb County school district. For the 2016-2017 school year, we have 36 faculty and staff members. 23 are certified personnel, and 13 are non-certified staff. Select members of our faculty participated in current Dislexia professional development in the spring of 2016. All of our classroom teachers except one (because of unforeseen illness and family events) participated in new AMSTI training in the summer of 2016. We have nine new staff members: one custodian, one child nutrition associate, one Pre-K teacher, one pre-k auxiliary teacher, two second grade teachers, one third grade teacher, one special education paraprofessional and one speech pathologist. One special education teacher is currently transferring in-district, so we will be hiring for that position within the allowed hiring time-frame. New hires were due to retirements, a contract non-renewal, increased lunch room staffing needs, and special education aide needs. We strive to hire the best highly-qualified personnel for the needs of our students. In 2015, we added a highly-qualified, experienced Special Education Teacher with an extensive background in music education to our faculty. Our new Pre-K teacher was the Pre-K auxiliary teacher at WBES for 2015-2016. One of our new second grade teachers worked at WBES for a 2016 spring semester maternity leave. The other new second grade teacher moved to our area from another county, and has 9.5 years experience teaching second grade in an inclusion classroom and has trained in and implements Orton Gillingham multi-sensory strategies in her daily reading instruction. She was highly recommended by her former employer and co-workers. Our new third grade teacher moved to our area from another county, has a Multiple Abilities Program degree from the University of Alabama, has three years experience, and was also highly recommended. Our new special education aide worked as a substitute at WBES for a staff maternity leave and continues to provide excellent services in the instructional support and care of our severe-needs students. Our new custodian was a very active parent volunteer for the past three years, knows our students and their families well, and has a passion for moving our school forward with community support.