Officials have flatly denied this, saying such speculation can be attributed only to rumor.
Elaine Gayton, an administrator with Kanawha County schools who worked to develop the potential calendars, said that the school calendar is always controversial, though this year's debate is slightly more heated than most years.
"There are so many people who want so many things," she said. "So I think everyone is just really passionate about it."
A team at the school system developed several options for the calendar, and took three of them to an advisory committee formed to discuss the calendar.
That committee was composed of community members, principals and representatives from the major teachers' unions. It only met once, but the members' input will be included in the information presented to the school board Thursday, before they vote on the calendar.
Officials also asked principals to survey their faculty members, looking for a consensus among faculty, but the results of that survey haven't yet been released.
The school board is able to approve any calendar option -- it's not limited to the options it is presented with.
Gayton said there's still a chance that board members could make tweaks to the proposed calendars -- they've even included a third option that is very similar to the Aug. 18th start date, it just pushes the first day of school past the weekend, so that it starts on Aug. 21st.
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