The new policy also says that county boards must hold at least two public hearings before they adopt a calendar. The Kanawha County school board had the first of those earlier this month. Another is scheduled for its next regular meeting.
That meeting, and others revolving around the calendar, was contentious in Kanawha County, as the school board considers calendar options that are a departure from the usual plan.
The school board voted last year to approve a calendar that looked drastically different than those from years past -- school started Aug. 9, the earliest start date in the county's history.
The idea was to wrap up the first semester just before winter break, preventing students from having to cram for semester exams over the holiday vacation. The idea met with mixed reaction among school board members and no small amount of controversy among students and parents who preferred the usual calendar option.
Now, the school board is tasked with approving a calendar that looks like this year's, with the controversial early start date, or one that looks more like calendars in years past.
Board members were eager to take up the issue this fall, but warn that, because of the new calendar regulations imposed by the state, the matter may not be settled any time soon.
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