Tucker County High School freshmen might have more time to pursue their academic passions next school year.
Principal Jay Hamric and Assistant Principal Jr. Helmick told the Board of Education they were worried that the current one-credit requirement for the Freshman Experience class frequently keeps freshmen from having time for electives.
Hamric and Helmick requested the BOE consider removing the one-credit requirement with the stipulation that the class's core material is still presented.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joe Hoover
Tucker County High School Principal Jay Hamric tells the Board of Education this week that freshmen frequently do not have enough time to pursue electives.
This amendment would essentially allow freshmen an extra credit, which they could fill with electives or, if necessary, other coursework.
"We are not trying to get rid of Freshman Experience, it's a good course," Hamric said. "But, at the same time, freshmen don't have room to register for other courses they might want to take. We believe we can still convey the essential elements in the class during homeroom, and this would give our students a lot of extra time. We want them to be able to follow their passions."
BOE President S. Eldon "Buzz" Harper said he thought it sounded like a good idea and that the board would look into amending Tucker County's policy.
The board also unanimously approved the acceptance of the bid from Neola Inc. to provide policy services to the BOE.
Neola will develop and maintain education policies for Tucker County based on West Virginia state policies. The contract includes two annual policy updates, which will ensure Tucker County's policies are up to date, as well as an easily searchable online version of the policies.
Regarding other business, the BOE unanimously motioned to approve the following items, with the exception of the abolishment of the position of Librarian/Language Arts at Davis Thomas Elementary middle School, which was opposed by BOE member Janet Preston.
Superintendent Dr. Eddie Campbell also pointed out that the positions being abolished are simply being relocated, rather than removed from Tucker County Schools.
The follow recommendations made by Superintendent Campbell also unanimously passed: