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For Some Schools, First Day Is Next Week

Youngsters going to Belmont Elementary School will still notice the construction outside the building, when they return to classes monday.

It's part of a $2.5 million renovaiton project, in which the air conditioning and sprinkler systems have been replaced this summer.

"It's not going to be 100% complete when school starts next Monday," says Michael Wells, Superintendent. "But it will be clean and safe, and we still have some restrooms to renovate and floors to put down. But we're ready for kids to come back."

That work will continue to go on into September.

And while the youngsters don't return until next week, their teachers have begun learning on their own. They're going to school on new laws passed recently by the legislature and on the federal level, both of which are about to go into effect.

"Faculty Senates have to decide how they want to be involved in the hiring of new teachers, which came into effect July first," Wells says. "We had teachers go to RESA 5 for Common Core training, We have a new evaluation system that was implemented in two of our schools."

Although kindergarten enrollment was up last year, enrollment in Pleasants County continued to decline. This year's numbers will be known sometime next month.

One day after school opens in Pleasants County, Wirt County Schools begin classes.

Wirt County's first day is August 13th.


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