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Kanawha County Board Changes School Schedule

Reported: Feb. 20, 2014 6:48 PM EST
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- The new schedule approved Wednesday night has students starting school in early August and ending in late May.

"The idea behind that is they will finish their first semester before the holiday break, and they'll have some downtime. They won't have to worry about finals," said Director of Professional Development for Kanawha County, Dr. Elaine Gayton.

One of the biggest changes is make up days. Gayton says next year, if necessary, students can go up to June 30th to make up missed days. That change has frustrated some parents.

"If we make plans, like I do, months in advance, who knows if we have to alter those plans," said Second Grade Parent Lisa Guigley.

Another parent says he doesn't want to see summer taken away from kids, but understands they need to be in school.

"For a better education, to better themselves, and get a good job," said Sixth Grade Parent Shawn Dee.

Next year, no matter how many days are missed, students will be in school 180 days.

"That’s based on new state law that we have to make up every single day missed next year," added Gayton.

The board’s new schedule has five days built in for make-up days.



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