Kanawha first in state to start school this year

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Kanawha first in state to start school this year
Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette

Kanawha County Schools will be the first public school system in West Virginia to call students back to class for the upcoming school year, according to a state Department of Education report.

For the vast majority of Kanawha schools, students are supposed to return Aug. 8. The next earliest start date is Aug. 10, when students in both Braxton and Mercer counties are to return to class for the 2016-17 school year.

Kanawha also has two “year-round” or “balanced” calendar elementary schools that are set to start classes on July 11: Mary C. Snow West Side and Piedmont. Betty Jo Jordan, executive assistant to State Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano, said they’re the only year-round schools in the state now that Marshall County’s Cameron Elementary and Cameron High have reverted to a more traditional schedule.

Mineral County has the latest start date for students, on Aug. 26, but has the next-to-the-latest planned end date for students: June 7. Mason County, which will start classes Aug. 18, has the latest planned end date: June 8.

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