WEST Virginia schools are over-regulated, but a few years ago lawmakers lightened up and allowed county school boards to start school in early August if they so desired.
The goal was to give county school boards more room to make up any missed snow days so they could meet the goal of 180 days of classroom instruction each year.
Now it is up to the county school boards to make each of those days matter. The Kanawha County Board of Education is poised to do just that.
The board is considering a plan that would begin classes Aug. 9, 2013, and end them May 16, 2014.
Another plan would be more like this year's schedule.
The start would be early enough so that the first semester would end with the Christmas break. Students could go home and relax rather than having to worry about tests when they returned in January.
Everyone would have a fresh start with a new semester in the new year.
This year, students will take off for Christmas and then return for the final few days of the first semester in January.