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Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook and Board President Justin Raber are shown at Tuesday night’s board of education meeting. (Photo by James Dobbs)

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Schools Board of Education Tuesday gave a COVID-19 update and approved a calendar for the 2022-23 school year.

Board President Justin Raber moved to adopt calendar A for the 2022-23 school year. The board approved calendar A as written, and will send out a community survey before making any changes.

For this school year, Superintendent Will Hosaflook said the district is down to 35 positive COVID-19 cases.

During the board member comments section of the meeting, Rick Olcott said sharing the COVID-19 statistics is important, and he hopes to get away from the mask mandate at some point.

“We’ve got to get that burden off of us,” he said.

The 2022-23 school calendar A was approved at the Wood County Schools Board of Education meeting. (Photo Provided)

During the superintendent’s update, Hosaflook spoke about a playground meeting and making the playgrounds accessible and inclusive to everyone.

“We want to make sure all students have access and equal opportunity to enjoy our playgrounds,” said Hosaflook

He said the district is looking into completing three playgrounds to make them inclusive for all children, with the goal to make every playground in Wood County inclusive. The three elementary schools being considered are Blennerhassett, Gihon and Jefferson.

Hosaflook also said there has been increased enrollment in the district.

“… I’m proud to announce that we are one of very, very few counties to … have actually increased in enrollment,” said Hosaflook.

He said the district has 35 more students than it did last year, which allows the district to receive more funding, and gain personnel. He said he would go into more detail about this in the next few meetings.

The board approved the Williamstown High School graduation ceremony date for Sunday, May 22, 2021 at 3 p.m.

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