Mary C. Snow principal wants off year-round calendar; calls scores tragic
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
The new principal of Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary said Monday she’d like for the high-poverty area school to get off the year-round calendar.
Cheryl Plear said she had about 320 students show up to the Charleston school on its actual first day, July 12, but about a hundred more showed up about three weeks later, on Aug. 8, the date classes started for the vast majority of other Kanawha County public school students.
Kanawha’s Mary C. Snow and Piedmont Elementary, which is on Charleston’s East End, are the only two year-round public schools in West Virginia. Last school year, Mary C. Snow had the lowest English language arts standardized test proficiency rate of all Kanawha public schools.
“I worry about students who miss three weeks of school,” Plear said in a presentation she was asked to give to the Kanawha school board Monday.
“I worry about that. There’s no way that you can make it up. Most of these students come here and they’re already behind anyway.” She said a school family support worker contacted parents, drove through the community to try to find the missing children, found that a lot of students had transferred out of state, and eventually found all but 17 who were missing.