The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 2, 2013

Outlets share school calendar misinformation

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Although other news outlets reported Wednesday that Raleigh County Schools might add five weeks to its school calendar, those reports are incorrect, Raleigh County Schools Superintendent Jim Brown confirmed.

Moreover, the superintendent said the two possibilities under consideration are similar to the current 2012-13 school calendar.

As is the tradition in the district, the schools’ calendar committee has presented two possible 2013-14 calendars and all school employees will put them to a vote.

The two possibilities will be considered for adoption at the May 28 meeting of the Raleigh County Board of Education, said Brown.

Both calendar options show employees starting back on Aug. 12 and students on Aug. 15.

Both calendars show the last day of instruction falling on June 3 and the last day of employment on June 7.

Brown noted that if no school is missed due to inclement weather, the last day of school may be moved forward accordingly.

The calendar options present a 43-week year, not a 48-week year, as some other outlets reported Wednesday.

Brown noted that both calendars offer a full week-long break around the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

The two options differ only in their placement of six OS Days (Outside School Environment Days).