BOE to discuss future of Park Hills Elementary
HUNTINGTON - The Cabell County Board of Education will discuss the future of the former Park Hills Elementary School - which most recently housed the state’s Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) II branch - during its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s central office in Huntington.
Located at 2001 McCoy Road in Huntington, Park Hills Elementary closed in 1989, but has remained the property of Cabell County Schools. The district has rented the building to RESA II for roughly 20 years until the statewide RESA system was dissolved by the West Virginia Legislature in 2017, citing a poor performance audit.
Funded by the West Virginia Department of Education, the RESA system provided training for teachers and educators as well as firefighters, paramedics, HAZMAT crews and miners. The RESA II building was vacated last month.
The building is in good condition and has been well maintained, and the board will weigh a few options on its future, said Jedd Flowers, director of communications for Cabell County Schools.
In other business, the board will hear the second reading on 60 policy updates - the vast majority being minor wording revisions to the school’s legal code. Flowers stated the updates are mostly to keep in line with state code, such as the implementation of Policy 2510, which reduces the credits required to graduate high school from 24 to 22, among other changes.
All policies, including additions and retractions, are posted online for the public at www.cabellschools.com under the “Board of Education” tab at the “Policy Review” link.
Policy revisions require three public readings before being passed, meaning they cannot be fully ratified at Tuesday’s meeting. The third and final reading, followed by a vote, will likely come at the Aug. 21 regular meeting.
In other business, the board may vote to enter into an interagency agreement with Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington to provide clinical experience for students in the Practical Nursing program at the Cabell County Career and Technology Center. If approved, the agreement would be effective this coming school year.
The board may also move to reschedule two future board meetings due to public holidays. The Tuesday, Nov. 6, meeting would be moved to Wednesday, Nov. 7, due to Election Day that Tuesday. The Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, meeting would be moved to Wednesday, Jan. 2, due to the New Year’s Day holiday.
The Cabell County Board of Education meets each first and third Tuesday at the district’s central office at 2850 5th Ave. in Huntington. Meetings are always open to the public.