New rule would assist students

NEW CUMBERLAND – Eighth-grade students who are in danger of not meeting the academic requirements necessary for promotion to the ninth grade could get some extra help under a new policy being proposed by the Hancock County Board of Education.

The proposal revises the board’s policy for the promotion, retention and advancement of students. School board members gave the policy a first reading at Monday night’s board meeting.

For eighth-graders who are receiving an F in a core subject – reading/language arts or math – at the end of a nine-week grading period, the policy recommends those students attend a “Focused Support Program” before school to bring up their grade.

“The goal of the Focused Support Program is to provide students with targeted instruction in reading and math, and to re-teach basic skills and focus on areas of weakness identified in school and state assessments,” according to the proposed policy.

Prior to students entering the program, a conference with a parent or guardian must be held to address academic concerns, according to the policy.

Teachers would be responsible for executing the academic interventions and monitoring the students’ progress, according to the policy. Students will be eligible for release from the program at the end of the nine-week grading period if they are receiving a passing grade.

The policy will be posted to the Hancock County Schools’ website for a period of public comment.

Also Monday, the board made a number of personnel decisions, paid the bills and paid the invoices for the construction of Weirton Elementary School, pending approval by the West Virginia School Building Authority.

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