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Putnam eighth graders to get high school experience

WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A new program will let Putnam County eighth graders spend part of the day at Winfield High School.

Officials are calling it "8.5" and treating it as a pilot program for now. The first group will probably have about a dozen students.

Cindy Daniel, Putnam County's assistant superintendent for instruction, said details are still being worked out.

Right now, she said, it looks like the students will end up in contained classes with high school teachers, but no high school students. They're still working out what courses will be made available to the students.

"It's just a different option to provide for them," she said. "So they can get a jump on high school."

They're hoping to roll out the program with the start of the second semester on Jan. 22.

Putnam County's Board of Education heard about the program at its regular meeting Monday.

Board members also recognized Poca Elementary School, praising its status as a West Virginia Title 1 Distinguished School.

Putnam County's standardized test scores were the best in the state in 2012, but Poca Elementary is the county's only school with this distinction. Poca is one of 14 schools in the state to earn the title.

Students there made Adequate Yearly Progress, a standard set by the federal No Child Left Behind Law, for three consecutive years. More than 60 percent of students are proficient in all the subgroups in the reading/language arts and math sections.

The board will next meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the main office in Winfield. All meetings are open to the public.

Contact writer Shay Maunz at or 304-348-4886.


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