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Upshur County Board of Education approves school calendar

The Inter-Mountain photo by Amanda Hayes Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School math teacher Carol Shenuski has spent 47 years in Upshur County Schools. She was recognized with an Upshur Star by board president Dr. Tammy Samples for her work at the school including, help in the office and helping students in need.

BUCKHANNON — Some Upshur County students will report Aug. 18 for the 2020-2021 school year under the calendar approved by the Upshur County Board of Education.

A transition day for pre-k, kindergarten, sixth and ninth grade students will be held Aug. 18 with all students reporting together on Aug. 19 for a full day of school.

The calendar now goes to the state department of education for final approval. Like in past years, Upshur worked with Barbour and Lewis to come to a similar calendar due to sharing Fred Eberle Technical Center.

The last day for students will be May 28, 2021.

The first day of the employment term will be Aug. 13, 2020 and the last day for teachers will be June 2.

The Inter-Mountain photo by Amanda Hayes B-UMS art students were honored with Upshur Star awards for having their work exhibited at Tamarack. Also pictured is Board of Education President Dr. Tammy Samples

Curriculum director Tim Derico said he received no comments about the calendar.

Two previous calendar hearings were also held at board of education meetings with opportunities for comment.

Board member Kristi Wilkerson moved to approve the 2020-2021 calendar with Dr. Greenbrier Almond seconding the motion. The motion passed.

There had been questions regarding changes to the current school calendar the board approved at recent meeting.

Feb. 19, March 26 and 27 has been made a full Professional Learning Community day with no students reporting. May 21 will be the last day for students with a 12:30 p.m. early dismissal. May 22 will be a PLC day.

On Feb. 19, schools will be receiving test data. On March 26-27, teacher trainings have been scheduled.

“The goal is they are all meant to improve teaching and learning,” Derico said. “One of the hamstrings we do face is the time with staff while they are under contract to address teaching strategies, classroom management, all those things that deal with student achievement that aren’t necessarily test-taking strategies.”

In other business, the board of education:

• Approved the appointment of Brett Robinson to the Upshur County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to complete the remainder of the term left vacant by the resignation of Hannah Lively.

• Voted to expel a student for one school year due to violation of safe schools policies.

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