Marshall County school calendar approved with hunting days in mind

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By Sarah Harmon, Staff Writer  
The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register  
Marshall County students and teachers will see two extra days off Thanksgiving break for the beginning of hunting season next year after the the Marshall County Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the calendar at its Tuesday meeting.

The change was made after a recent public meeting in which several Cameron residents expressed concern about keeping school open on the first day of hunting season. Several residents said many students and teachers will skip school that day if it is in session.

"It's just part of what we live with here," Superintendent Michael Hince said.

To accommodate for the extended break, the first semester will end two days after Christmas break. Hince said students will still take their exams before Christmas, but might use the first two days back to review the results of the tests.

The new calendar also eliminates Cameron schools' controversial modified calendar and will put those schools on the same schedule as the rest of the county.

School will start Aug. 13 and end June 1, 2015.

To fulfill a new state requirement, the calendar also features scheduled "out of calendar days" extended until June 30 to make-up for any possible school cancellations.

In addition, the graduation dates for John Marshall and Cameron High Schools are set for May 28 and 29 in 2015, respectively.

The calendar will be submitted to the West Virginia State Board of Education for approval in May.

The board also unanimously voted to hire Silling Associates Inc. as the architect for the renovation of Glen Dale Elementary School. Silling is also handling the design for the John Marshall High School renovations.

The project includes renovating the school's HVAC system, windows and doors, and installing an ADA ramp.

The renovation is partially funded through a $831,541 grant from the West Virginia School Building Authority awarded to the board in December.

Marshall County Schools will provide another $554,361 for a total of $1.39 million.