Summer On Hold

Students and teachers in Marshall County will end the school year a little later this year to compensate for a large amount of instructional days missed due to the cold and snowy weather this winter.

The Marshall County Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday to extend instructional days until June 10. Cameron schools will end the year three days later on June 13.

Marshall County Schools has missed 14 instructional days this year, but will be able to make up eight days of instruction, according to Superintendent Michael Hince. Because of Cameron’s modified calendar, Cameron schools have only lost 11 days of class and will make up eight. However, county schools and Cameron schools will still have lost six and three instructional days, respectively.

The county will use various continuing education, parent teacher conference and outside school environment days as instructional days.

As to how these lost days will affect student learning, Hince said teachers will “have to do their best” to fit in as much instruction as possible by the end of the year.

“Sometimes, when you make these decisions, you think of what are the most essential things students need to get,” Hince said. “There will probably be more assignments given outside of the school environment. We do offer Saturday schools for students who might need extra help, they have those opportunities. It was a terrible year for weather.”

Hince said new state legislation allowing schools to make up as many cancellations as necessary to fit in the required 180 instructional days will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the transfer of Sandy McAllister from assistant principal to principal of Moundsville Middle School effective today.

The board will meet next at 7 p.m. March 4 at John Marshall High School to get public comment on the 2014-2015 school calendar.