Suzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nAt the Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting Monday night, Pocahontas County High School principal Joe Riley addressed concerns about the current class schedule at the high school.\r\n\r\nRiley said he is using the schedule which was in place last year, but it has a few issues.\r\n\r\nAccording to West Virginia Department of Education Policy 2510, students must have 8,100 minutes of a class to receive course credit.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe only way you can get around that is if you have been state proficient for a minimum of two years,\u201d Riley said. \u201cI had Ruth [Bland] pull that for me, and Pocahontas County High School has not been state proficient for two years, which means then we\u2019re stuck doing eighty-one hundred minutes.\u201d\r\n\r\nHowever, there is a stipulation that the board of education may approve a schedule which does not follow Policy 2510.\r\n\r\nRiley explained that, with the current schedule, students are actually spending 82 minutes a day in each class instead of the recommended 90 minutes, due to the implementation of a 30 minute club\/tutoring block being added to the schedule.\r\n\r\n\u201cWith the schedule that we have been running and the schedule they did last year, there was a thirty minute activity period in there where clubs met,\u201d Riley said. \u201cThey had homeroom. They had the LINKS program, and they also had tutoring, which only gave us 7,380 minutes. This meant we only had 82 minutes per class. Whenever you calculate that all out, we were eight days short [of the required time].\u201d\r\n\r\nRiley said once he realized the schedule was shortening class time, he changed it and they have been in class for 90 minutes.\u00a0\r\nWhile the students were getting the required minutes, Riley said he would like to return to having an activity period to give students time to meet with their clubs and to have advisor\/advisee time with their homeroom teachers.\r\n\r\nRiley created a schedule he would like to implement. On the first and third week of each month, the students would have 90 minutes in each class Monday through Wednesday, an advisor\/advisee 30 minute block on Thursday and a club\/activity 30 minute block on Friday.\r\n\r\nOn the second and fourth week of each month, the schedule would be: 90 minutes in class Monday through Thursday, and club\/activity 30 minute block on Friday.\r\n\r\nAlthough it does not add up to 8,100 minutes per class, Riley said he thinks the new schedule will meet the needs of the students.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019d like to suggest the every other week part,\u201d he said. \u201cFor this year, we will be a little short on time.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith the new schedule, students would have 7,884 minutes which would make them 2.4 days short of the requirement.\r\n\r\nThe board said it did not have a problem with the schedule and asked Superintendent Terrence Beam to put it on the next meeting\u2019s agenda for approval.\r\n\r\nIn updates:\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a0Ruth Bland, Director of Special Education\/Student Services\/Transportation and Tech Coordinator, reported that she got a rate increase in the HeadStart memorandum of understanding. Instead of last year\u2019s rate of $4,000, HeadStart will pay $10,000 for students in the program.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe children have to be present,\u201d Bland said. \u201cIf there is a HeadStart child absent, I can\u2019t claim them for that day, but it\u2019s a whole lot better than what we were receiving. I have to invoice them every month.\u201d\r\n\r\nBland also addressed a concern about the increase in bus rates for sports teams. The rate increased to $1 per mile, from the original rate of 50 cents per mile. Teams are asked to pay $50, plus $1 per mile, per trip.\r\n\r\nBland said she called Nicholas, Summers and Pendleton counties and found that Pocahontas County\u2019s rates are much lower than those counties.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf they [the coaches] want us to do what other counties do, they are going to be in big trouble,\u201d Bland said. \u201cWe\u2019re talking the full amount for the bus driver, including the fixed cost, plus mileage. Nicholas County is invoicing Nicholas County High School for at least four-to-five thousand dollars a month for buses for their athletic trips.\u201d\r\n\r\nBland added that the activity buses which take students home after practice, are provided free of charge for the students.\r\n\r\nSee miscellaneous and personnel management in next week\u2019s edition of The Pocahontas Times.