Mercer County students to start school early in fall - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Mercer County students to start school early in fall

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man and woman arrested for making meth with babies in the house

    Man and woman arrested for making meth with babies in the house

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:37:47 GMT
    Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department arrested two people Monday night, when it was discovered they were making meth with 2 babies in the house. Deputy Horn told us the children are 7 and 18 months old.
    Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department arrested two people Monday night, when it was discovered they were making meth with 2 babies in the house. Deputy Horn told us the children are 7 and 18 months old.
  • How long should delays last as the Northbound lanes close at the East River Mountain Tunnel?

    How long should delays last as the Northbound lanes close at the East River Mountain Tunnel?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:19:48 GMT
    Officials warn drivers to expect heavy delays Tuesday night and Wednesday night as the Northbound lanes of I-77 at the East River Mountain Tunnel close down for repairs.
    Officials warn drivers to expect heavy delays Tuesday night and Wednesday night as the Northbound lanes of I-77 at the East River Mountain Tunnel close down for repairs.
  • Will parking be an issue for Saints fans as the State Fair of West Virginia comes to town?

    Will parking be an issue for Saints fans as the State Fair of West Virginia comes to town?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:19:19 GMT
    Local New Orleans Saints fans continue to watch and enjoy their beloved team as they continue to practice in our area. But as the State Fair of West Virginia grows closer and closer, some are concerned if parking will soon be an issue.
    Local New Orleans Saints fans continue to watch and enjoy their beloved team as they continue to practice in our area. But as the State Fair of West Virginia grows closer and closer, some are concerned if parking will soon be an issue.
PRINCETON -

A meeting of the Mercer County Board of Education on Wednesday, May 15 set the schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.

The meeting was held at the Mercer County Technical Education Center.  During the meeting it was established that the students during the next school year would report for classes on Thursday, Aug. 15.  Teachers will start their year three days earlier on Monday, Aug. 12. 

The change in start time also affects when the school year ends.  The last instructional day is now on May 30, 2014.  Teachers will close out the school year on June 3.  Students will have three days plus the weekend for Thanksgiving.  There will be seven days plus the weekend for Christmas and Spring Break will be the week before Easter from April 14-18, 2014. 

A look at the complete schedule can be viewed at the link to the right.

The delay in setting the school calendar was apparently due to a bill going through the West Virginia Legislature.  Senate Bill 359 imposed "a different set of rules," according to the release from the Mercer County Board of Education.  That law was to go into effect on July 1, but another bill postponed the implementation date.

School Board members had previously established several parameters regarding the 2013-14 school year by unanimous vote.  Those parameters included allowing for the maximum number of instructional days possible before the WESTEST 2 and allowing for the completion of the first semester by or around Christmas.  Two calendars were submitted in April for employees to vote on.  According to a release from the Mercer County School Board, "a clear majority of employees chose to begin work on Aug.12 rather than a week earlier."