Wood Co. board to vote on calendar

PARKERSBURG – A draft calendar for the 2014-15 school year will be up for approval at tonight’s Wood County Board of Education meeting.

The calendar is unchanged from Monday’s public hearing where members of the public were asked to weigh in on the presented draft. A couple dozen people, most of them Wood County Schools staff and members of the calendar committee, attended the meeting.

Judy Johnson, director of curriculum and instruction for Wood County Schools and head of the district’s calendar committee, presented the draft calendar at Monday’s hearing.

In the proposed calendar, students would begin classes Aug. 18 and teachers would begin four days earlier. The last day of the instructional term would be June 3, 2015, but could go as late as June 30, 2015, due to snow days.

Under the new changes to state law, school systems must complete 180 days of instruction and do not allow for “protected” days.

The proposed calendar includes a week off for Thanksgiving break, though three of those days could be reclaimed due to bad weather. Students will be off Dec. 24 through Jan. 2 for winter break.

However, only a handful of days are set aside for spring break. Students would be off April 3, 2015, which is Good Friday, and April 6-7, 2015, a Monday and Tuesday. Easter is Sunday April 5, 2015.

Board member John Marlow asked Johnson why some of the public input gained through an online survey was not taken into consideration while planning the calendar.

Johnson said comments were taken into consideration, but may not have accurately reflected the public’s opinion on the matter.