Hancock County Board of Education determining calendar

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education is one step closer to determining its calendar for the 2021-22 school year.

The board, as part of a series of special meetings Tuesday, held a public hearing to discuss the calendar, with Superintendent Dawn Petrovich presenting the results of a survey of county residents.

“This is our second, as required by law, public hearing,” Petrovich noted, explaining the district had received 643 responses to the survey which had been posted on the school board’s website.

According to Petrovich, 48.45 percent on respondents said they would prefer the 2021-22 school year begin Aug. 23, which would result in school getting out at the end of May.

Columbus Day should be an in-school instructional day, after receiving 31.88 percent of the vote. For holiday breaks, Thanksgiving would receive three days, Wednesday through Friday, by a 71.5 percent vote; Christmas, by a 68.54 percent vote, would go from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3, with a faculty senate and early dismissal on Dec. 21; Easter, by a 30.85 percent vote, would receive five days out of school, beginning the Tuesday prior to the holiday and lasting through the Monday after.

In addition, President’s Day, by a 30.95 percent vote, would be a day out of school for students and teachers.

Board member Michelle Chappell asked about proposed bills which had been presented to the West Virginia Legislature earlier this year and focusing on the makeup of a school calendar, as well as the required 180 days of instruction.

“I’m assuming none of those got passed,” Chappell said.

Petrovich said she was unaware of any completed action by the Legislature which would require any changes to the calendar. The proposed calendar will be presented to the board for its approval at its regular meeting Monday. If approved, it then must be submitted to the state Board of Education for its review.

“Within one to two weeks, they usually give us an answer,” Petrovich noted.

After receiving state approval, the calendar will be made available to school employees and the public.

Also during Tuesday’s series of meetings, the board went into executive session for 72 minutes for a discussion on property issues, with board President Dan Kaser reporting additional information had been requested, and there would be discussion and possible action as part of the agenda for Monday’s regular meeting. Levy rates for the school system also were approved, as is required each year.


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