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School calendar meetings set for Wayne

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 07:34 AM

WAYNE -- Wayne County residents will have the opportunity to share their opinions about the proposed calendar for the 2014-15 school year during two public hearings in March and April.

The hearings will correspond with the regular meetings of the Wayne County Board of Education regular meetings at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, and Tuesday, April 1, at Wayne County Schools' central office.

The board will be able to take official action on the calendar during the meeting on April 1. If the calendar is approved by the board, it would be sent to the West Virginia Department of Education for final approval.

The calendar that will be up for discussion will include a start date for students of Tuesday, Aug. 5, and an end date of Wednesday, May 27. Teachers would report on Friday, Aug. 1.

The proposed calendar was voted on by school system employees during a one-week period in February. They had three options to choose from, and those calendars were created by a committee of teachers, administrators and parents earlier in the month.

The proposed calendar will include traditional Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring breaks, which are classified as "out of calendar" days, and they could be used as makeup days if days missed due to weather or other circumstances that affect the county school system exceeds the six Outside School Environment, or OSE days.

The OSE days are scheduled for a series of Fridays, March 13, 20 and 27, and April 10, 17 and 24, and those are the first days that will be used to make up for missed instructional days.

The calendar also includes 20 makeup days between May 29 and June 25 that can be used as a last resort to make sure students receive 180 days of instruction, a minimum mandated by the West Virginia Legislature and the state Board of Education.

The complete proposed calendar can be viewed at www.wayneschoolswv.org.

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