Barbour BOE seeking input on calendar
PHILIPPI?-Parents, students and staff will have the opportunity to offer input for the 2014-2015 Barbour County school calendar during a public meeting, slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 24 during the Barbour County Board of Education meeting.
Jeff Kittle, assistant superintendent, made a presentation during the Feb. 10 BOE meeting outlining the calendar requirements set by Senate Bill 359, passed into law last spring. Kittle spoke about West Virginia Department of Education Policy 2510, the curriculum policy for West Virginia schools.
“There are a lot of changes to the school calendar and the way it will be handled going forward,” Kittle said. “The school year is 200 days, with 180 of those days being instructional days.”
Kittle talked about the ways the county can recover loss of instructional days, and explained banking of accrued instructional time.
“County boards must adopt a policy that requires additional minutes of instruction to be added to each instructional day,” Kittle said. “Every county board is responsible for tracking their own accrued instructional time records to ensure that all time lost due to school closing is made up as required.”
Kittle said the county has to make sure there are 180 of instruction.
“The failure of the school system to have 180 days of instruction (results in) a fine,” Kittle said. “If the school system has used up all of their days, and still have not achieved 180 instruction days, the employment term of all the contracts is extended to fulfill those days. I am sure we do not have enough funds for that to happen.”
Superintendent Dr. Joe Super said three boards of education – from Lewis, Upshur and Barbour counties – are working together on a calendar designed to be fair to everyone. Barbour, Lewis and Upshur county students all utilize the Fred Eberle Career Center, located in Buckhannon.
“We are going to try to keep the calendar as traditional as we can,” Super said. “We have pretty much a guarantee from the three counties that what is put out there will be adopted by all three counties.”
Brian Moats, president of the Barbour County Education Association, said officials have devised a survey, available online, for students, parents, county residents professional personnel and service personnel.
The survey asks residents their preference for the date of the first day of school in Barbour County for the 2014/2015 school year, preferences on holidays and spring breaks and whether the responder is a parent, student, community member, professional employee or service employee.
Access to the survey is online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2MYNF63. The survey may also be accessed on the Barbour County Education Association website at bcea.info.
A draft calendar and the results of the survey are slated to be presented during the 2014/2015 calendar meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Barbour County Board of Education