Hancock offers survey on 2019-20 calendar

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education is in the process of finalizing its calendar for the 2019-20 school year, and is seeking input from the public.

The first of two required public hearings was held during the board’s special meeting Monday. The second hearing will be held April 16.

So far, officials are not looking at many changes compared to the current school year.

“It looks a lot like it did last year,” Superintendent Tim Woodward said.

According to Deputy Superintendent Dawn Petrovich, the board is required by state code to hold two public hearings, although because of other state requirements the board is limited on what it can do.

“There really isn’t a lot of leeway,” she said, explaining there are 180 instructional days and 20 non-instructional days required for a school calendar.

In addition to the public hearings, school officials are offering an online poll to receive feedback from residents.

“This is probably the third or fourth year we’ve done the survey,” Petrovich said.

The survey, featuring eight questions, can be found under the “news” section of the Hancock County Schools website, boe.hancock.k12.wv.us/.

Questions ask for respondents’ association with the school district, suggestions on a range for first and last days of the school year, a preference on whether Columbus Day and Presidents Day should be closed or an instructional day, the length of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter breaks.

“Many have suggested we do a spring break,” Petrovich said.

The online survey will be live through April 5.