The Wyoming County Board of Education approved revisions to its policy on birth certificates at last Monday’s meeting.
Birth certificates are required for admission to all public schools.
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Deirdre Cline said the policy has not changed but is being simplified.
“The real goal here is to keep track of children,” she commented.
Cline said there were “no misconceptions” about the process but that it is currently “a cumbersome task.”
The revised version puts the policy in a more succinct form, she indicated.
“We’re creating more consistency and simplicity,” she told the board.
Later, Superindent of Schools Frank “Bucky” Blackwell said the United Way of Southern West Virginia had requested that Wyoming County schools participate in a fundraiser this fall.
A part of the fundraiser involves allowing teachers to wear jeans to school on certain days.
That would be on a volunteer basis, Blackwell indicated. “No one has to participate,” he said.
Comments from board members were positive.
Mrs. Cline suggested that the activity be held in the third week of schools. Having teachers dress in a professional manner for the first two weeks would “set a tone,” she explained.
Cell phone boosters have been ordered for the schools which need them, Blackwell reported.
The superintendent said he would be meeting with a representative of a company that sells school cameras.
“Cameras can give a lot of information,” he said.
Maintenance Director Jeff Brewer said there are new obstacles “every day” in the effort to complete the new Huff Consolidated.
He remains optimistic it will be ready for the school opening. “I think we’re going to make it,” he commented.
Board President Mike Prichard asked what would be done if the school wasn’t quite ready.
Blackwell said he felt the state would grant an extension of a couple of days if needed.
Such a change would not affect the opening date for other county schools, he noted.
Lori Stewart was named the new assistant principal at Wyoming East, and Keith Stewart was approved as the new assistant principal at Westside. The two are not related.
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