PARKERSBURG - Wood County Schools will have four two-hour delays this year to allow time for teacher collaboration.
The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday evening approved delays to the start of school for Dec. 5, Jan. 30, March 6 and May 1.
Superintendent Pat Law said teachers have repeatedly said they lacked the time necessary to review student data and collaborate on classroom initiatives with other teachers.
Law said teachers had requested added days to work on such projects, but scheduling and financial limitations made that impossible. Law said the school system already has longer school days than is required by state law, and that "accrued instructional time" would be used during the delays to allow for teacher prep without adding additional paid hours to their contracts or the school year.
Law said the delay days will be monitored by teachers and administrators to make sure the time is being used properly.
The school board Tuesday also approved moving a Local School Improvement Council meeting from Oct. 31, a Wednesday, to Nov. 1, a Thursday. Officials already had rescheduled those LSIC presentations due to scheduling issues, but decided to move the meeting again to avoid conflicting with Halloween or Wednesday church services.
Three employees will continue to be suspended. The board unanimously approved 30-day extensions for Greg Casto of the maintenance department; John Cramlet, a substitute custodian and substitute aide; and Tammy Goodwin, a cook at Van Devender Middle School. The suspensions are without pay.