Logan County Board of Education votes to move fourth graders back to home schools
by Debbie Rolen
At the regular meeting of the Logan County Board of Education held on February 14, teachers and parents from the Man area addressed the board in opposition of moving the fourth grade students back to their home schools. Moving the Pre-K class at South Man to Man Elementary had been added to the issue for consideration.
At the last board meeting, T. J. Blevins of Man submitted petitions addressed the Logan County Board of Education on behalf of a group of parents, grandparents and community members concerning Buffalo and South Man Grade Schools.
Reasons for the request included: it was difficult for families having two elementary-school children attending two different schools; the children would be closer to home; bus transfers are necessary—the children leave earlier and get home later—bus schedules often cause additional delays; Logan and Chapmanville schools have fourth-grades; the class size at Man Elementary is larger and children may not allow teachers to give any necessary individual attention or get the children’s attention and keep them focused.
The board went into Executive Session to discuss the issue. When they returned to the meeting, they voted to approve moving the Pre-K from South Man to Man Elementary and the fourth grade classes will move back to their home schools.
The board members each said the decision was difficult and one change couldn’t be made without making the other, bus transfers would be elimnated and the students would be attending their home schools.
Board President Phyllis Adkins informed parents that transfers from the home schools back to Man Elementary would not be possible.
The next meeting will be held on February 28 at 5 p.m.
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