By Bob Weaver

The West Virginia State Board of Education held an open forum last night in "The Commons" at Calhoun Middle/High School. "We are proud to have the State Board in Calhoun County, their first visit ever," said Superintendent Ron Blankenship.

Calhoun Superintendent of Schools, Ron Blankenship, introduces State Board members

State Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Stewart

Public forum held in "Commons."

Calhoun School Board President Rick Fitzwater introduced members of the local Board of Education.

Several educators addressed the body on issues from not enough planning time in elementary schools to a need to have more instructional days during the school year.

Longtime second grade teacher at Pleasant Hill School, spoke about the need for more instructional time on elementary level

Teacher Gina Gherke presented a letter to the board addressing teacher's needs for planning in elementary school

Dr. Pam Cain, a former Calhoun resident who has served as the Wirt and Harrison County Superintendent of Schools, attended the meeting. She is currently working in the State Board office as Assistant Superintendent, Division of Instruction and Student Services.

Dr. Pam Cain, former Calhoun resident.

The group was introduced to the newest State Board member, Parkersburg resident Barbara Fish.

New board member Barb Fish (L) talks with Arnoldsburg principal Sheri Graham (R)

Education advocate, David Kurtz road his motorcycle to meeting to advocate for more instructional time

Middle School Principal Jane Lynch talks about improved scores and laptops as a "tool of education," not just a technical device.

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