Board eyes AHA changes

Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Terry George spoke about the effects of the Affordable Healthcare Act on school administrations during Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

In his report to the BOE, George addressed some of the planning that the administration must undergo to adapt to the new legislation.

Board member Ed Tyre mentioned that as a result of the AHA, the BOE will have to keep track of how many days substitute teachers work and potentially offer them healthcare accordingly. It was asked if the same would be true of coaches.

“It is something that we will have to address when that time comes,” George said. “As for coaches, we are trying to pass a waiver that shows that we pay coaches a nominal salary for volunteer work.”

George said this would essentially exempt the Board of Education from providing healthcare for the coaches as an employer, he said.

George also reminded the BOE about new legislation that requires all missed days of instruction to be made up at the end of the year, including two-hour delays, snow days, days off for utility issues (water or power issues) and emergency scenarios.

Board member Bruce Haddix asked about extending the school day by two hours in the evenings in the event of a two-hour delay.

George said it would only work if the schools could provide dinner, and would likely result in overtime for many staff members, including kitchen staff and bus drivers.

George said there must be a minimum of 180 days of instruction in school and that these new regulations may prove difficult for certain mountain counties to have the required amount of instruction due to weather conditions.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Tyler Louk, a Tygarts Valley High School student, presented a program about academics at his school.

Louk talked about how TVHS offers advanced placement, honors and college-level courses for students to choose from throughout their tenure at the school. Louk said he will graduate with four college credits as a result of these classes.

TVHS also offers college-ready English and college-transitional math to better prepare students for post-secondary education, Louk said. Students taking these classes must take a compass test at the end of the year which can make up for ACT scores.

Louk said these classes help students who struggle with the ACT test and provides them with a way to make up for lower scores.

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