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Susan Nolte and Scott Kangser present a proposal for the school’s calendar for 2022-23.

WHEELING – Ohio County schools are scheduled to begin Aug. 23 for the fall semester of 2022, according to a calendar proposed Tuesday night.

No one from the public appeared for comment at the brief meeting held before the Education Council meeting. Under the proposed calendar, Ohio County Schools staff will begin their year on Aug. 18, with students arriving a week later on Aug. 23.

The spring break will begin on April 3, with students returning on April 10. The county will complete its school year on May 31, with Wheeling Park High School graduates graduating on May 22.

This calendar option was recommended by 926 survey participants, according to calendar committee member Scott Kangser, who also announced the decision to extend students’ winter vacation by one day.

The decision to hold a professional development day on December 22 was widely preferred among the respondents, of whom 822 people voted in favor. Only 100 respondents voted for the alternate date of December 4th.

“It’s a combination. We had three calendars that we checked with different dates, and through the survey, we talked them out together to invent it,” Kangser said.

In contrast to this year’s calendar, 66% of respondents in the survey preferred to include distance learning options in case of using more than five snow days in the year 2022-23. This year did not allow this option, and required one day of makeup after using six snowy days.

Susan Nolte, director of human resources for Ohio County schools, said county school administrations would be split if they could provide distance learning this year. Middle and high schools generally felt they could meet these requirements, but elementary schools did not.

“In October, we really did not feel we were in place on some of our class steps so we could achieve that, and change for a penny,” Nolta said. “But since October, we’ve been meeting with our elementary school principals – middle and high school principals were sure they could make that change very quickly, but elementary schools can not. But since October, we feel we can now offer it, and overwhelmingly. People want this to be an option.

“Elementary principals feel like they’ve worked with their teams and have a plan to deal with it. It may not be electronic, but it could be that it’s with an information packet.”

Nolta added that it seems that the main difficulty in distance learning at the elementary level is with the back and forth of Chromebooks between school and home, when students may not yet be used to taking them home and back.

The next public comment period for the school diary will be at 5:45 p.m., March 28th.

In other matters, State Senator Evans Brown, D-Ohio, spoke out against the Senate Bill 268 until it reached the time limit at the next board meeting, regarding the effects of the bill exempting students from compulsory school enrollment. Food or micro school. Brown described the legislation, which completed the legislative action on Saturday, as “very destructive to public schools,” which he described as the basis for a nation.

Brown, who served as president of the West Virginia chapter of the NAACP, said he feared “segregation” of students under the new system, by class, rather than race.

“What I see happening with this specific bill is a re-establishment of separate schools, not necessarily along racial lines, but along community lines,” he said. “This bill could be very destructive to our education.”

Brown added that the bill requires only a teacher in these tiny schools or backpacks to receive a high school diploma or equivalent, which he said was a “slap in the face” for professional teachers who worked hard to get a degree in education.

“I do not believe everyone can teach; teaching is an art and a profession, with techniques,” Brown said. “They are undermining the teachers, in fact, they are telling the teachers that the four years you spent in obtaining the degree are worth nothing, because anyone can do it. It could lead, perhaps in the future, to the dismissal of teachers, and perhaps the loss of children from the school system.”

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