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Kanawha County Board of Education approves new calendar

Next fall, students in all grades will have to stay at school an extra 30 minutes a day. (MGN Online)

Some big changes are coming to next year’s school calendar in Kanawha County.

Next fall, students in all grades will have to stay at school an extra 30 minutes a day.

The board voted to have elementary schools start at 7:30 a.m. Middle schools will start at 8 a.m. and high school will start at 8:30 a.m.

The first day of school will be on Monday, Aug. 20. The last scheduled day for students on May 29.

Board members said the later start times will help boost attendance and academics.

"High school kids start later do better, achievement increases, they attend better. Research will tell you a good time starts between 8:30-9:30, 8:30 a.m. being the earliest,” Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring said.

The board voted 3-1 to approve the changes.

They have been working on the new calendar for almost a year.

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