BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools hold drills that may mimic an active shooter situation or
The topic came up at the Feb. 27 board of education meeting after board member Katie Loudin said she was contacted by a parent who was concerned about the recent school shooting in Florida.
“I think she just wants to make sure we are keeping an eye on school safety,” she said. “I told her I thought we were. I think in the wake of what’s happened, we need to keep our eye on it.”
Superintendent Roy Wager said every school has at least one drill and some two or three. The drills are not always active shooter drills but some are weather emergencies. JH Consulting conducts the drills and gives a report at the end of the school year.
“Schools do not know when it is happening,” he said.
Board president Dr. Tammy Samples said she has seen devices that go behind a door to prevent someone from coming into a classroom and thought the school system could look at grants in the future.
Board vice president Alan Suder said, “I have been addressed with a couple concerns also. I feel the need to address those concerns
Wager said attendance director Jodie Akers would be the contact for that. Assistant superintendent Jack Reger said there was an informational meeting planned in April that board members could attend.
It was noted that for the full board to attend, it would have to be considered a meeting. Upshur County Schools will also participate in a full-scale exercise with emergency responders to happen this summer.
Upshur County Schools will have a 2018-2019 school calendar for the board to consider at its March 27 meeting.
At the last board of education meeting, Wager conducted one of two required calendar hearings by providing a review of the calendar law.
“The original law basically said you are required to have 180 days of instruction, no matter what happens with the weather or whatever,” he said. We have followed that. The legislature last year added
Snow day packets are an example of this.
“We did not put that in our policy for this year but they are working on adding it to the policy for next year,” he said. “We had a lot of questions and concerns as administrators about how they would be done, how equitable they would be across the grades. We are working on that for next year. We have a few ideas we are looking at.
But for the purposes of the calendar, Upshur meets with Gilmer, Lewis
“Gilmer shares an elementary school with Lewis County while Barbour, Lewis
The calendar committees in each of the counties are now finalizing the calendars to be presented to each of the boards in those counties.
Following an executive session for the annual review of the superintendent’s evaluation, Samples read a statement that said Wager met and exceeded all expectations. “Mr. Wager continues to work with us to satisfy guidelines as well as work
Following a second executive session, the board voted to expel two students for one school year
The next meeting is today at 6 p.m. at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School.