As summer break is coming to an end for Marion County Schools, students can expect many different changes for this coming school year.
One of the first changes that will take place, as a newly adopted statewide law is to have additional guardian pick up at the bus stops. The law had previously focused on Pre-K and kindergarten, but now will extend to 1st through 3rd grade. The second change being hey earlier start day for some schools.
“We needed to build a little more time into the day, so East Fairmont High School and Fairmont Senior High School will be starting earlier in the morning they will be starting at 7:30” said Mary Jo Thomas, Board of Education President.
With the start of earlier classes, Thomas believes it will allow teachers to put more focus into the different areas of learning that our children need.
“We have teachers with great expectations for their students and great expectations for themselves that want to bring extra things to the classroom and that’s what makes it so exciting. They are Cutting Edge and we really want to continue that.” said Thomas.
Some of that Cutting Edge being an extension of the STEM programs within the county, as two STEAM buses will be added to the area later this year. The mobile buses will focus on the importance of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
“The students are excited and a lot of this was an outgrowth of our family literacy fair which we had 2 years now and it’s grown fantastically and this year we have added arts to the literacy fair as well and all ages participated. So that was fantastic so we’re anxious to build off of that.” Thomas said. “We are exceptionally proud in Marion County. We consider ourselves really the heart of Central West Virginia and our students are so giving and so community-minded and so eager to learn. So we anticipate an even better school year than last year.”
School will go back in session for students all across the Marion County School District area starting on August 22nd.