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 2018-2019 school year, we have 38 faculty and staff members. 24 are certified personnel, and 14 are non-certified staff. We have two new staff member; a special education teacher and a second grade teacher. We had one certified teacher retire in spring of 2018 and one whose contract was not renewed. One certified teaching position was not refilled. One third grade teacher moved to second grade due to student numbers. We gained a Pre-K unit through a Pre-K grant. One second grade teacher moved to teach in our newest PreK unit (paid for by the Office of School Readiness). We filled that second grade position with a new hire. One kindergarten teacher is teaching a K/1 combination class due to the loss of a teacher unit. Our school also lost half of a library unit. Our librarian is now serving as an interventionist, as well.
As a small, close-knit community, many events are enjoyed throughout the year such as the Turnip Green Supper, Cahaba Lily Day, Old Timers Softball Game, Fish Fry, and Friday night football games.. Many parents in the community are involved in our school PTO. Our PTO has grown over the past 5 years and is very active with sponsoring fundraisers around holiday themes, Wacky Science activities, father/daughter, mother/son, and family nights, as well as providing a monthly "Birthday Bash" for our faculty and staff. Organizers have designed two meeting times to discuss important information; one in the morning, and one in the evening for those parents who work but want to be involved. PTO meetings include reviewing information pertinent to Title I information and district accreditation updates. PTO fundraisers have helped to provide books, school shirts, an awning for our building, and many other supplies and educational opportunities.