Hearing on Hancock school calendar set

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Board of Education has scheduled its second public hearing to discuss the possible makeup of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

The next hearing is set for 5 p.m. on March 17 at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center, located just north of New Cumberland on state Route 2.

According to school board officials, the meeting will address proposed changes in the length of the school year – from 43 weeks to 48 weeks – under provisions of Senate Bill 359, passed by the West Virginia Legislature in March 2013.

The first hearing was held by the school board earlier this month.

Under the law, local school boards are required to hold two public hearings prior to approving any changes to its school calendar.

Among its provisions, the law allows local school boards to have more flexibility in developing a school calendar, providing an optional full day, five days per week 4-year-old preschool program in each county, ensuring all children read on grade level by the end of their third grade year, changing the measurement of success in schools to include AP classes and graduation rates, allowing teachers to participate in the hiring process and determine professional development, and better prepare high school graduates to enter the workforce or transition into college or vocational school.