BOE may set calendars for next two years

December 18, 2018

HUNTINGTON-The Cabell County Board of Education may vote to finalize calendars for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years at its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the district’s central office in Huntington.

The vote would come after the second of two required public hearings on the school calendar, which will be delivered at the top of the meeting prior to any approval. A period for public comment also will be available before a vote.

Both calendars are nearly identical in terms of major dates for students. The 2019-20 school year would begin classes on Aug. 14 and end on May 22, while the 2020-21 calendar starts on Aug. 13 and ends on May 25.

Both include full spring breaks aligning with Marshall University’s spring break in the last full week of March, as well as full Thanksgiving breaks in late November.

Both calendars can be viewed online at the Cabell County Schools website under the “Calendar” tab, along with a link to an online survey to gauge feedback from the public.

The board must set its calendars by May 3.

Last year’s debate over the 2018-19 school calendar dragged on for months, bringing the board to within days of a state mandated deadline to set its coming school year.

In April, the board finally decided on a “compromise calendar,” which ran the school year for students from Aug. 20 until May 30.

Both proposed calendars this year are modeled directly from the compromise calendar approved last year.

In other business, the board will consider the sale of the former Park Hills Elementary School to the Huntington Realty Corporation for $154,000. HRC won the right to purchase the building for $140,000 two week ago- the final price including a $14,000 buyer’s premium.

No plans for the property’s next use have been announced. Huntington Realty owns property across McCoy Road from the former school.

The Board of Education declined to maintain the building for education or storage for its own use earlier this year.

Park Hills is the third former elementary school Cabell County Schools has auctioned as surplus property this year. In February, the district sold the former Geneva Kent Elementary for $130,000 and the former Peyton Elementary for $42,000.

The roughly 13,000-square-foot former school, which operated from 1964-89, most recently housed the state’s Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) II branch for more than 25 years until the statewide RESA system was dissolved by the West Virginia Legislature in 2017.

The property is zoned residential, but could be grandfathered in as office space if maintained as that within the next seven months, after which it would return to residential only.

The school sits on roughly four acres of land and has parking for more than 30 cars. The building features seven former classrooms, five offices, nine bathrooms, an auditorium and a cafeteria.

In academic business, the board may approve a waiver to be submitted to the state Department of Education allowing Cabell County 11th-graders to take Financial Algebra as an option to meeting the required math credits to graduate.

The Cabell County Board of Education meets each first and third Tuesday at the district’s central office at 2850 5th Avenue in Huntington. Meetings are always open to the public.

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