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Wheeling students want earlier start to school year

WHEELING, W.Va. – Advanced placement students at Wheeling Park High School say an early start to the school year is needed so they can get started on the work necessary to earn them college credit by June.

WPHS class officers spoke out at Monday night’s public hearing regarding the Ohio County school calendar for the 2014-15 academic year, saying it is important that students – especially those in advanced placement classes – start classes no later than mid-August so they can meet deadlines needed for their college transcripts and scholarship applications.

Karen Laska, vice president of the senior class, said she is among students currently applying to colleges.

“My applications required a mid-year report of my grades, which was due in early February,” she said. “If we followed a schedule in which school didn’t begin until after Labor Day, and had to take exams after Christmas break, our semester wouldn’t be completed until the end of January. It would be extremely difficult for seniors to get their mid-year reports processed in the guidance office and sent off in time to meet deadlines.”

Advanced placement classes give students the chance to receive college credit in high school and reduce the cost of their education, according to Laska.

“This ability could be jeopardized if we were to lose up to six weeks of instruction (earlier in the year) – as would occur if the first day of school were pushed until after Labor Day,” she said. “I am currently taking six AP classes, and losing 30 periods of class instruction in six classes would significantly impact my ability to pass exams and earn college credit…

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