BOE OKs change to first day of school

Wednesday will be early dismissal for Randolph students

ELKINS — The first day of public school for Randolph County has been reduced to a half day for students.

Members of the Randolph County Board of Education this week approved a request to allow for a three-hour early dismissal for students for the first instructional day of the 2017-18 school year, which will be Wednesday.

The unanimous decision was based on a recommendation from Superintendent of Randolph County Schools Gabriel J. “Gabe” Devono, who said principals had requested more training time for teachers and staff. Board member Amanda Smith said it made sense, since there have been multiple personnel changes for the upcoming year.

“The principals had requested the half day to get in some additional training,” Smith said. “We have so many new teachers, staff and principals. This early out gives them the opportunity to see exactly what the first-day enrollment is and be able to collaborate class and schedule needs.”

The decision took place during a special meeting Wednesday morning, in which BOE members mainly considered personnel recommendations.

Smith added that before making the decision to change the first day’s schedule, board members discussed concerns that it might be difficult for parents, especially so close to the first day of school.

“We discussed that it was late notice, that parents may find it inconvenient, but felt it was necessary for our staff’s level of comfort,” she said.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the board office building in Elkins.