The Barbour County Board of Education will consider an alternative date and time for graduation this year after learning of possible conflicts with community activities.
The Blue and Gray Reunion is an historical Memorial Day weekend celebration in observance of the anniversary of the first land battle of the Civil War. Graduation ceremonies at Philip Barbour High School could conflict with scheduled activities of the historical event this year.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Super said at Monday's meeting that the school board recently received a letter from the high school with a proposed graduation date that conflicts with the historical event.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Melissa Toothman
The Barbour County Board of Education and Philippi Elementary School celebrates 11 students who achieved distinguished scores on the WESTEST for the last school year. Five of the students attended Monday’s school board meeting for recognition. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Super and school principal Connie Mundy stand behind student achievers Samantha Helmick, Brandon Mitchell, Braylynn Travis, Abigail Snider and Abagayle Auvil. All the students achieved distinguished scores in at least one subject.
He mentioned that graduation could potentially cut into the revenues or activities of the Blue and Gray Reunion if the ceremony overlaps Saturday activities that weekend. He said that in the past, graduation has been scheduled in the evening.
BOE president Robert Wilkins said that graduation overlapped with the Blue and Gray Reunion at least once in the past, and there was concern at the time that some families and organizations had to split their time or choose between the two activities that day.
"The school was put in an awkward situation, especially with the band as far as being needed in other places," Wilkins said. "The band was also concerned at that time, because it looked like the school was not supporting the community."
Jeff Kittle, a Title I director, said that graduation is required to be no earlier than five days following the last day of school for county students.
The graduation concern will be addressed at the next regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Board of Education office. An action may be considered at that time.
In other business, two Philippi schools' Local School Improvement Council reports were heard by the school board. One of the schools, Philippi Elementary School, made Annual Yearly Percentage last year, but the other, Philippi Middle School, did not meet AYP. Both schools, regardless of AYP, had students with distinguished scores on the WESTEST. Officials from both schools said they are hopeful to meet AYP standards this year.
Philippi Elementary School recognized 11 students with distinguished scores in various categories of WESTEST: Brandon Mitchell in math, Samantha Helmick in math, Braylynn Travis in math and reading, Abigail Snider in reading, Abagayle Auvil in reading, Graci Schoonover in math, Taylor Pingley in reading, Bryanne Tustin in reading, Tanner Corder in math, Brielle Graham in math and Trevor Stevens in math, reading and social studies.
Nine students from Philippi Middle School were recognized for their distinguished test scores: Sierra Rexrode for reading and world geography, Heather Wright for reading, Shelby Bennett in science, Jordan Bowers in math and reading, Alexandra Cross for reading, Julianna Findley for reading and West Virginia studies, Vanessa Kelley for reading, Elizabeth Morgan for reading and Nathan Sandruck for math, reading and science.