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Board may table balanced school calendar

May. 19, 2013 @ 10:50 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell County's plan for a balanced school calendar is likely to be tabled by board members. That's the recommendation Superintendent William Smith is making for Tuesday's meeting at 5:30 p.m., to be conducted at 2850 5th Ave., Huntington.

The action, however, is not a surprise. At the last meeting on May 7, Smith and retiring assistant superintendent Gerry Sawrey told board members their hands are tied on the matter until the West Virginia Department of Education adopts final rules on calendars following the education reform passed during the legislative session.

"Please be advised that until you see the final rules that have been adopted by the State Board, you should not move forward to act on any assumptions as to what those rules and processes will entail," stated a letter sent by state Superintendent James Phares to all county superintendents April 26.

Tabling the matter doesn't kill the proposal. It could still be considered once the state board issues those rules. Tuesday's agenda also includes a vote to award a contract for a new heating and air conditioning system at Salt Rock Elementary. The low bid was from Dougherty Company at $1.543 million. It will be paid for with local funds and a grant from the School Building Authority.

Dozens of students also will be recognized at the meeting for academic achievements, along with the recognition of teachers of the year in the Teacher Induction Program.

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