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August 7, 2008

School board OKs class credit policy

KEYSER , W.Va. - Mineral County's policy on accepting class credits from outside sources will remain the same.

The Mineral County Board of Education Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the policy, Compulsory School Attendance/School Entrance, which includes an outline of which class credits will be accepted when a student transfers from either another school system or an accredited program.

The policy was of particular interest to supporters of home schooling, as it stipulates that credits will be accepted only from "all public secondary schools and credited nonpublic schools."

"We do not accept credit for secondary courses taught in home schools," Superintendent of Schools Skip Hackworth said when he presented the proposed policy to the board members last month.

"It has been a Mineral County policy for a long time that credits are not accepted from a home school," he said.

Despite the interest generated by the policy, Hackworth said Tuesday that he had received "zero comments" during the two-week public comment period that ended July 21.

Recommending adoption of the policy Tuesday, he said it basically did not include any changes from "what has been our procedure all along."

"It's how we've been operating."

In June, Hackworth told the board that the regulations regarding acceptable and nonacceptable class credits are in place in order to ensure that a student is taking classes that "are being taught with the same rigor as in all the West Virginia schools."

While the board members discussed a possible policy allowing home-schooled students to take a test to determine placement in a particular class if they would choose to enroll in the system, the educators decided the issue was moot.

With the state and county policies that allow full-time students to "test out" of a class, Assistant Superintendent Pat Mason noted that once a home-schooled student enrolls full time in public school, he would fall under that policy.

The board also approved to advertise two positions Tuesday:

* An inventory supervisor who would work out of the county bus garage and supervise the reception, maintenance and distribution of materials.

* A consultant to assist with the development of the 2010-2020 Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan for the county.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 19.

Contact Liz Beavers at lbeavers@times-news.com.

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