Local officials looking at educational legislative possibilities

NEW CUMBERLAND — Although the state Legislature is set to reconvene in a special session next week to discuss possible education reform, Hancock County’s superintendent of schools said Monday he is not certain any proposal has been set in stone.

During Monday’s county board of education meeting, Superintendent Tim Woodward explained the West Virginia Superintendents Association has been monitoring the progress of discussions of possible education reform packages.

“They’ve put together a proposal of what may be in the legislation,” Woodward said of legislators involved in crafting the laws.

Woodward said, however, his understanding is the content of the proposed bill has been embargoed until a final agreement can be found between legislative leaders and Gov. Jim Justice.

On Monday, House Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Senate President Mitch Carmichael announced the special session would reconvene at 2 p.m., next Monday.

Woodward didn’t want to go into detail on possible aspects of the legislation, except to say he had heard discussion the Legislature may tackle the pay raise issue on its own and then hold another session focusing specifically on education reform.

He did note, he thinks there may be a need to compromise on the issue of charter schools, although he sees little support for education savings accounts.

“It’s a wait and see game,” Woodward said.