Board Meeting Held; School Begins Aug. 9

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Preparations continued for the new school year at July 2’s Calhoun County board of education’s 5:30 meeting.


The first day of school is four weeks away for students, who will begin on Thursday, Aug. 9.

County clerk Jean Simers gave the oath of office to newly elected board members Richard Kirby and Horst Motz and to re-elected member Jenna Jett.

Also present were members James Gregory and Kevin Cunningham and superintendent Kelli Whytsell.

After confusion on the first round of nominations and voting for board president, Jett was elected by a 5-0 vote. Kirby was selected as vice president.
During assignment of board member duties, the following accepted their assignments: Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center advisory committee, Motz (next meeting, Tuesday, July 17, 11 a.m.); and WVU Extension Service committee, Gregory.

Under new business, bids will be opened on paving of Pleasant Hill School parking lot and on construction of new sidewalks on Friday, July 20.

Approved under personnel were the following:

–Resignations: extra-curricular, Michele Fitz-water, head varsity volley-ball coach; administration, Michael Fitzwater, assis-tant principal, CM/HS.
–Employment: sum-mer school, Craig Arthur, teacher for Power & En-ergy/Supplemental Math program; administrative, Michael Fitzwater, chief operational officer for Administrative Services/ Attendance Director.
The following policy was listed as “out for comment”:
“Weighted grade point average — The West Vir-ginia Board of education established a uniform grading policy that must be used by all county boards of education for those courses which high school credit is to be awarded.
At Calhoun County High School, all Advanced Placement Courses and Dual-Enrollment College Courses will be honored as weighted grades and be counted in the GPA on a five-point scale instead of a four-point scale.
Only courses that are counted towards gradu-ation requirements will be eligible for weighted grading.
The weighted grades will reflect: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=1, F=0.
All other classes will reflect the following: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.”
The meeting adjourned at 6:03 p.m. The next board meeting will be held on Monday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. Board members will meet for a work session at 4:00.