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BOE to host first calendar hearing Tuesday

December 4, 2018

HUNTINGTON - The Cabell County Board of Education will have its first of two public hearings for its proposed school calendars for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 years during its regular meeting at the district’s central office in Huntington.

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 in the last full week of March, as well as full Thanksgiving breaks in late November.

The presentation Tuesday is purely informational, and the board is not scheduled to take any vote on either calendar until at least January. A second informational hearing is scheduled for the board’s Dec. 18 meeting.

After those two public hearings, the board is allowed to make a vote.

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.

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.

In other business, the board may vote to approve a contract to demolish the former Enslow Middle School - paving the way for the new Highlawn Elementary School to be built on the property.

The $342,888 contract would be awarded to Reclaim Company. The deal is contingent upon Huntington City Council’s expected approval of an abandonment and redirection of the alley currently dividing the property, located at 2613 Collis Ave.

The project is funded jointly through the state School Building Authority and county funds.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Highlawn Elementary School has been set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the former middle school.

The board may also vote to enter an interagency agreement with St. Mary’s Medical Management to provide hands-on learning for students at Cabell Midland and Huntington high schools.

Health science students would be allowed to observe and earn clinical training at the Huntington medical facility. The board has entered into similar interagency agreements with at least a dozen other local health care businesses.

The Cabell County Board of Education regularly meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at 2850 5th Ave. in Huntington. Meetings are always open to the public.

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