Wood BOE to meet today, Wednesday

Vote on Waverly closure is Wednesday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will hold two meetings this week.

The board meets today at 6 p.m. in regular session at its 13th and Plum streets offices in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public.

A special meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jefferson Elementary Center, 1103 Plum St. The meeting is to reconvene the board’s Oct. 3 consolidation hearing.

The board is expected to vote on the proposed closure of Waverly Elementary School. Because of an error in the Waverly closure documents, the board extended a written comment period through today.

The board will not allow public comments during Wednesday’s meeting as it is a continuation of the Oct. 3 consolidation hearing, officials said. Four people addressed the board at the Oct. 3 hearing.

The board already has held hearings for and approved the closures of Worthington and McKinley elementary schools.

Today’s meeting will include updates on construction projects throughout Wood County Schools, including construction of a new Williamstown-Waverly Elementary School and expansion of Williamstown High School to create a new Williamstown Middle School.

The board also will receive presentations from the Local School Improvement Councils at Jefferson and Franklin elementary centers.

Due to a change in state law, presentations are only required from schools which were on academic improvement status. Neither school will be on academic improvement next year due to increases in test scores, officials said.

The board today will be asked to consider an amendment to the 2010-20 Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan, or CEFP, to add the closure of McKinley Elementary School at the end of this school year. Worthington was included in the original 2010-20 CEFP, and a closure amendment for Waverly was approved three years ago.

Michael Erb can be reached at merb@newsandsentinel.com.