Carol Thom, head of the calendar committee, said school employees cast more than 2,000 votes on the calendars. Duerring said no other calendar vote has received that much response. He also said the traditional calendar didn't win by a wide margin.
"I think, personally, (the early start calendar) is a wonderful schedule," Duerring said, agreeing starting earlier would give students more instructional days before end-of-year tests, as well as a break between semesters.
Duerring said the county would no longer convene calendar committees because there aren't many decision to be made with calendars.
He said the county has to decide if it will take a weeklong Thanksgiving break, if Christmas break should be adjusted accordingly and when schools will take Spring Break.
"Other than that, everything's dictated by law," he said.
Jordon said the county must decide on the 2012-2013 schedule as soon as possible "so people know what's going on" and so "there's no back-stepping."
Also Thursday, board members voted 3-2 to change their interpretation of the school system's athletic transfer policy to include fifth-graders who switch middle schools.
Under current Kanawha County Schools' policy, any student in sixth to 12th grade must sit out of sports for 365 days after transferring schools. The school board policy passed the policy last year to cut down on athletic recruiting.
The county allows eighth-grade athletes to move to a high school outside their attendance area without any repercussions, however, as long as the student has a 2.5 grade point average.
Now, fifth-graders who move to middle schools outside their attendance area have the same luxury, provided they have a 2.5 grade point average. Some middle school athletes have previously been forced to sit out after switching schools.
Raglin and board member Jim Crawford voted against the interpretation change.
Crawford said he favored removing all county restrictions on transfers and reverting to West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission rules. Raglin said the policy's academic requirements weren't stiff enough.
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