KEYSER - With discussions being held on the state level as to how makeup days will be best handled for the nine days missed due to the teacher's strike, the Mineral County Board of Education altered their proposal Tuesday evening to include only spring break.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - With discussions being held on the state level as to how makeup days will be best handled for the nine days missed due to the teacher’s strike, the Mineral County Board of Education altered their proposal Tuesday evening to include only spring break.
The board was originally scheduled to revise the calendar to make up a total of nine days, which would have kept students in the classroom through June 12.
Included in the proposal was the elimination of four days that had been earmarked for spring break (Tuesday through Friday, April 3-6).
Tuesday, however, superintendent Shawn Dilly said he would like to take the June makeup days off the table for now and just address the spring break.
“There is discussion on the state level for providing some relief for students,” he said, seeming to imply that the extra June days may not be necessary.
Earlier Tuesday, when it became clear that a deal had been struck in the Senate and teachers would return to work Wednesday, West Virginia superintendent of schools Steven Paine issued a statement that he would be exploring ways to help make the makeup process as easy as possible.
“At the direction of Gov. Justice, I will immediately begin working with our state board of education to explore all possible avenues for local districts to make up the instructional time that has been lost …,” he said.
“My staff and I will work with each of our counties to identify every opportunity to maximize meaningful instruction while also minimizing disruption to students and families.
“We are committed to providing timely technical assistance to each individual county to innovatively restructure their calendars and to find additional flexibility within their local attendance policies to better accommodate the needs of families.”
Board vice president Lara Courrier made the motion Tuesday to revise April 3-6 to instructional days, and William Ludwick seconded it.
The motion carried unanimously.
The board members will address further makeup days as more direction is given on the state level.