Calhoun Middle-High School had a special audit conducted last fall by the Office of Education Performance Audit (OPEA), with board member Cynthia Dale saying Monday night the school system should be receiving the report within a week, quoting Dr. Donna Davis, Deputy Director of West Virginia Department of Education.

Davis told the Herald that the audit will be released to the WV Board of Education on February 8.

The audit comes after news accounts reported CM-HS was the worst performing school in West Virginia under No Child Left Behind standards.

While the state has taken over the operation of several school systems in the state, often systems in conflict over consolidation, there is speculation that Calhoun schools could be next in line.

Calhoun Superintendent of Schools Roger Propst told school board members this week that geotechnical studies at the new Arnoldsburg school site were complete and on schedule for a bid opening in late April for site preparation.

Propst said work would commence on January 23 for the air conditioning of the school's two gyms.

Calhoun student EmmaLee K. Knotts, who has been named a 2011 Student of Excellence by energy company EQT of West Virginia, was recognized this week at a school board meeting.


"We are aware of the high standards of academic achievement, school and community involvement necessary to qualify as one of these students and wish you well as you pursue your ambitions in the field of medicine," said superintendent Propst.

Board member Steve Whited, on behalf of the board, extended condolences to the Marcus McPhail family, a former football coach at Calhoun County High School.

Future Board Meeting Dates:

January 19, 2012, Special LSIC Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Pleasant Hill Elementary

February 13, 2012, Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Calhoun Board of Education

February 23, 2012, Special LSIC Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Arnoldsburg Elementary

See Complete Minutes at Calhoun County Schools

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