The Cabell County Board of Education meets Tuesday night and on its agenda will be further discussion on the balanced calendar issue.

Cabell County School Superintendent William Smith says this will be the first detailed discussion since the education reform bill was signed into law. The county was holding off on talking about a balanced calendar until state lawmakers finished their work. Cabell County held public meetings on the possibility of a balanced calendar last year.

Superintendent Smith says implementation of such a calendar, also referred to by some as year round school, likely wouldn’t happen until the 2015-2016 school year. He says there’s still a lot of consider.

The education reform law has language in it regarding school calendars but it appears it needs some work.

“We just got notification from the state superintendent that those discussions are going to happen over the next couple of months to get some guidelines from the state department on how we develop calendars,” Smith said. “So we really can’t do much with an absolute calendar until that happens.”

Smith says the public meetings brought out opponents and proponents to a balanced calendar. Smith believes it can work.

“It’s a good idea and if it’s handled well I think students will see achievement increases. We have some information from Tennessee that’s going to be very helpful about how they started and what they found to be the most effective pieces of it,” Smith said.

Cabell County school leaders have been contemplating the idea for a balanced calendar partly because the county has such a high poverty rate with 57 percent of students living at or below poverty.

The proposed plan would have a total of three inter-sessions and one summer break in the year.


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  • Tony

    They more less are saying its goin to happen. I think it is bull crap. I feel the same as the previous statement , if they forget it in three months, then ate they really being taught or just pushed through. If that us the case , three months after you graduate they will not remember a thing. It is defiantly clear that they don't care what we want !!!! Quite tryin to fix something we don't want fixed. I will homeschool mine if this happens, if everyone else does , then what? Oh there goes the $ flowing out the window!!!

  • mntnman

    "The education reform law has language in it regarding school calendars but it appears it needs some work." Not true.

    The statute is clear, unambiguous and easy to implement. But, the state board wants to have their say about it and issue policies that counties have to follow. It is state control of education, even when they say they are giving local authorities more control. The state board just refuses to let go of their control.

    So just who is to blame with the state of public education in WV?

  • john

    I do not believe that this will help. I have changed high schools 3 times in my younger years. And between all three schools its clear that its the schools and students and how they are treated and taught. I really got a lot of help in Hurricane high school but Cabell midland and HHS are over rated and you can not learn. To many kids, not enough time, teachers can no grasp the change with cell phones and the way everything has changed. Its taught that if something isnt going right look at ur self. Well the schools need to look at more interaction. More fun with learning. And lighten up on suspending if someone is late for school. If they are late every day for the whole year so be it. Dont suspend for things that need addressed. Summer programs not just summer school for failing. But kids who are lower on tests should get an extra two weeks or so durning the summer to learn in a more personal setting!!

  • Michele

    I guess it is shove it down our throats until we choke on it. What part was unclear to the BOE at the last meeting about the balanced calendar? One parent supported it! And that was to mainly feed the needy.
    The main problem with education is the parents/children's desire to learn. THE KIDS DO NOT CARE ANYMORE! Teachers try everyday. But until society changes, no amount of money or time will change student achievement.

  • concerned educator

    This is just another education fad. If the calendar passes, they will be going back to the type of calendar they have now in about 10 years.

    The research on year round schooling does not support success. Just look at the research out of Ohio State University. They are the leader in research on this type of calendar.

    Why does the education system have to jump on every bandwagon that comes along. Unfortunately, it's the kids who suffer, as well as the teachers and principals who will once again be blamed for the mistakes of the higher ups when the test scores don't increase.

  • susanf

    It is obvious this superintendent intends to implement the "balanced" calendar no matter what the people of Cabell County want.

  • JeffNWV

    The article fails to mention, or fails to perform any manner of background investigation on the Tennessee school claim. The superintendent that Cabell is using as an adviser oversees a school district with some of the lowest grades in Tennessee. The balanced calendar is a scam. If kids forget what they learned 3 months ago, were they ever really taught?