The same skills will account for 20 percent of high school students' grades.
Cindy Daniel, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said the grant would help students explore internships, and career and technical education programs, among other things.
In other business, board members terminated Malinda Waugh, a bus driver, for "willful neglect of duty," according to the meeting's agenda. Hatfield wouldn't comment on the personnel issue.
Before the meeting, nearly 180 students came to see the new Confidence Elementary that replaces a nearly 60-year-old building down the road on W.Va. 34. The first day of school for students in Putnam is Thursday.
Hatfield said it was something "to see the faces of these kids and teachers and parents from what they came from."
In August 2009, Putnam residents passed a $57 million school bond, the first school bond approved in the county in 33 years. When the levy was passed, the county became eligible to receive state School Building Authority funding, which allowed the school board to pursue an aggressive building program.
The new Confidence Elementary cost about $9 million, Hatfield said.
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