PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Education held its fifth forum on possible education policy proposals Monday in Wood County, a recent addition to the department’s original seven planned events.

Around 200 people attended the forum at Blennerhassett Middle School, according to Wood County Schools Superintendent William Hosaflook.

The department added the forum last week over concerns about not doing enough to hear from stakeholders in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Hosaflook said the move was greatly appreciated.

“They were very well organized, very well prepared and, honestly, I think overall everyone was very pleased with the process and very thankful that they were there,” he said of the department.

Participants divided themselves into groups to discuss issues such as school support initiatives and school choice.

Hosaflook said the process allowed for amble discussion on ways to best address problems in education.

“When I started to see everything piece together, that’s education,” he said. “You come together, you work on common problems and at the end of the day, we all come together with a finished product.”

The next forum will be held April 1 at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg.

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