BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon-Upshur High School recently filled a Community in Schools coordinator position.
Michelle Caynor left a four-year position at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center to accept the new position, allowing her to work closer to home while her husband works overseas in Iraq. Caynor is currently an Advanced Practice MSW Student at Concord University. After graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2017, Caynor accepted a social work/case management position with the United Summit Center as a Children’s Mobile Crisis Case Manager, which afforded her the ability to work Upshur County teachers, administrators, students and parents.
As the B-UHS Community In Schools Site Coordinator, Caynor will coordinate support for students and families, as well as implement programs and activities based upon the unique and specific needs of the school and its students.
“I also work with community partners and volunteers to bring needed support into the school to help students succeed,” said Caynor.
The CIS Coordinator will oversee the completion of student and school needs assessments and discuss situations, suggestions, and data with administration, the school board, and the Superintendent. Caynor has also set measurable goals for the school and its students, as well as will work with administration and teachers to meet them throughout the school year.
“I also put students and their families in touch with community resources as needed and oversee the high school’s backpack program ensuring that the weekend bags are handed out to students each Friday,” said Caynor.
Additionally, in collaboration with the other school counselors at the high school, Caynor will coordinate the use of the Comfort Closet for students. The Comfort Closet provides clothes and hygiene products to students in need. The program is funded through financial donations from community partners sent to the school, as well as various community fundraisers.
“I very much look forward to working with community partners, as well as the school, its teachers, and administrators,” said Caynor.
If anyone is interested in contributing to the school’s Comfort Closet, monetary donations or other items can be dropped off at B-UHS.