Wood BOE to discuss calendar

Superintendent’s search begins Thursday at special meeting

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education meets twice this week, including a special session to begin the search for a new superintendent.

The board meets at 6:30 p.m. today at Wood County Schools central office at 13th and Plum streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public, but those wishing to speak during public comments must fill out and turn in a comment card prior to the start of the meeting.

The board will look at options for making up days lost to the recent work stoppage. Teachers and service personnel statewide walked out for nine days, beginning Feb. 22, to protest low pay and rising insurance costs. Schools reopened March 7.

The state superintendent of schools has said those work days must be made up, but is allowing district’s local control and flexibility in how their school calendars are modified. Wood County Schools Superintendent John Flint last week said options will be presented to the school board for approval.

Tonight’s agenda includes two possible items for approval: Option A would extend the school year four days for students and use five days of accrued instructional time to account for the remaining days.

Staff would have four instructional days and five professional learning days.

Option B would simply extend the calendar year by nine days for both students and staff.

In other business tonight, the board will discuss the current Williamstown Elementary School and roof replacements scheduled for this summer.

The board also will meet in special session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to begin the process of looking for a new superintendent.

Howard O’Cull, executive director of the West Virginia School Board Association, will present an overview of the advertising, interviewing and hiring process. The WVSBA provides superintendent search services for school boards.

The Wood County Board of Education unanimously voted in February to not renew the contract of Flint. Flint’s contract expires June 30.