RECOGNITION — As part of Monday’s meeting of the Hancock County Board of Education, school officials took time to recognize members of the Weir Middle School eighth-grade cheerleaders and the WMS eighth-grade boys’ basketball team for their recent Buckeye Mountaineer Conference championships. — Craig Howell
WEIRTON — Hancock County Schools may be making changes to the format of the county’s high school class schedule beginning with the 2024-25 school year.
During Monday’s meeting of the Hancock County Board of Education, held at Weir High School, Superintendent Dan Enich explained he and other district administrators are holding a series of meetings concerning the possibility of such an adjustment.
“We’re investigating moving from 90 minutes to another format,” Enich said.
He said a meeting already has been held with the Faculty Senate at Oak Glen High School, and one is being scheduled with the Faculty Senate at Weir High School. Enich noted there is a possibility of scheduling meetings with the student councils of the two schools, as well, in order to have input from students and not just faculty and administrators.
Enich said his hope is any adjustments made to the class schedules would be beneficial to the students and schools through the improvement of attendance and test scores, and the reduction of discipline issues within the schools. Enich, in particular, mentioned a rise in incidents of vaping.
Another discussion taking place is the possible adjustment to the number of credits needed to graduate from Hancock County’s high schools. Currently, students are required to complete 24 credits to graduate.
“We’re looking at how that would better fit our students and give them a more well-rounded education,” Enich said, explaining he wouldn’t want to decrease the number of required credits.
In a related matter, the school board, Monday, approved a list of short-day students; those allowed to leave school grounds early based upon their academic record and their graduation eligibility. There were 10 students approved for Oak Glen High School and 35 approved for Weir High School for the current school year.