Board Wants Input on School Calendar

Residents of Marshall County will soon be able to voice their opinions on a proposed 2014-15 school calendar for the Marshall County School District.

In compliance with state law, the Marshall County Board of Education set two public meetings on the calendar for 7 p.m. March 4 and 13 at John Marshall High School and Cameron High School, respectively, during Tuesday’s board meeting.

Superintendent Michael Hince said his goals for the calendar are to have the county on a unified schedule and to have the first semester end before Christmas break. He said the board will present a “working” calendar as a point of discussion and will have the public give input on modifying the schedule.

“Our goal is to have everyone understand the law on what has to be on the calendar and to solicit their input,” Hince said. “We want to see what everybody’s preferences are and encourage people to make decisions based on the education value.”

An online survey on next year’s calendar is also available on the Marshall County Schools website.

In other business, the board met in executive session for about an hour to discuss pending litigation associated with Cameron High School. No action was taken following the session.

Jolie Gast and Melissa Love were also recognized at the meeting for earning the titles of Marshall County Universal Pre-K Teacher of the Year and Marshall County Collaborative Universal Pre-K Teacher of the Year. In order to qualify for the awards, teachers must demonstrate exemplary professional characteristics and innovative practices, understand the individual needs of students and demonstrate outstanding leadership.

The board also unanimously voted to sign a resolution from the West Virginia Education Association to push for a five-year increase in teacher salaries in the state. Owens Brown, the Northern Panhandle representative WVEA, introduced the resolution to the board at its last meeting.