Pocahontas Board of Education – Discussion of the 2023-2024 School Calendar

Pocahontas County School Superintendent Terrence Beam led a discussion during a public hearing on next school year’s proposed school calendar which was held prior to the Board of Education’s February 14 meeting.

The highlights of that calendar include:

School opens for employees on Thursday August 10, 2023 with that day being a teacher preparation and Faculty Senate Day. Friday the 11th and Monday the 12th will be Continuing Education days for employees, and Tuesday, August 13th will be a professional learning day at the employee’s home school.

Students will begin their first instructional day on Wednesday, August 16th, although students can request that day be an educational leave day if they are participating at the State Fair.

Schools will be closed Monday, September 4th for Labor Day, Friday November 10th for Veterans’ Day, and there will be no school on Thanksgiving week from November 20th through November 24th.

The first semester will end on Friday, December 20th, which will be a Faculty Senate/Professional Learning Day for employees. Students will be off for Christmas break from December 20th until returning for their 2nd semester on Wednesday, January 3rd. Employees will return on January 2nd for a Professional Meeting Day.

Schools will be closed on Monday January 15, 2024 for the Martin Luther King Holiday, and students will be off on Monday, February 26th and March 29th while employees to hold Professional Learning Days.

Unless days need to be made-up due to a work-stoppage or unforeseen catastrophic event. Spring Break will begin for students on Friday, March 29th, and they will return to class on Monday, April 8th.

Students will not be in school on Friday, April 26th, Professional Learning Day for employees.

Unless unforeseen circumstances occur, the last scheduled instructional day for students will be May 23rd.

Teachers will attend a Continuing Education Day on May 24th and work through May 28th, except for May 27th, which is the Memorial Day holiday. The last scheduled day for employees would be June 7th, although they could be off after May 28th for “Out of School Environment Days”.

Beam said the first 5 snow days will not count against the required 180 days of instruction, but any snow closings beyond those will require that students complete and turn-in their take-home snow packets.

There will be a second calendar public hearing scheduled for 5:30 pm prior to the next board meeting on March 7, 2023.

There were no delegations or Informational reports at the regular meeting.

During his report, Beam said they are close to an agreement with the Town of Marlinton regarding the ownership transfer of a lot from the board to the town.

Beam also said he would be meeting with the Teachers at Green Bank Elementary/Middle School later in March to discuss with them why their students were struggling so much with test scores. He said this meeting was not to cast blame, but to listen to the teacher’s solutions.

Additionally at this meeting the board handled the following:

  • They approved financial matters and reports
  • They Accepted Board Member Morgan McCombs’ resignation from being the board’s representative on the Day Report Committee, and replaced him on that committee with Board Member Becky Campbell.
  • They allowed the Johnston Lumber Company to voluntarily use their equipment and time to reclaim the old logging trails at PCHS on behalf of the school’s Forestry Program.
  • They authorized Marlinton Elementary School to add a Cookbook Fundraiser, and they approved additional Parent & Community Volunteers for the schools.
  • They approved the recommended list of personnel actions, which can be seen by clicking on this link to the official agenda – 2-14-23 BOE Official Agenda

The board went into Executive Session to address some personnel issues prior to adjourning the meeting.

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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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