CHARLESTON, W.Va.--After months of public debate and internal work on Kanawha County's 2014 school calendar, officials said Thursday that they're putting off the decision for several more months.
Superintendent Ron Duerring said Thursday that officials have elected to wait for the state Department of Education to finalize changes to its policy on school calendars in the coming months. That work, a response to changes in state law made during the last legislative session, is ongoing, but the policy should be complete within the next few months.
"I would suspect around February or March that we should have a calendar," Duerring said.
Local officials want to avoid constructing a calendar that is later found to violate this new state policy. Making revisions to the school system's calendar once it has been published would be confusing for families, Duerring said.
"Yeah but the state department isn't going to get the calls when ... we get calls from parents that say we didn't know when you were starting, we planned a vacation then and now they have school," board member Becky Jordon said.
The calendar has been a contentious issue in Kanawha County this fall. Last year, the board approved 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, so students don't have to cram for semester exams over the holidays.