- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The katydids haven’t been chirping their midsummer serenades for long, but teachers and students in southern West Virginia are preparing for the first day of school.

Many schools throughout the region will be marking earlier returns to school this year in an effort to satisfy a controversial state law that requires students to attend 180 days of school. County school board members are hoping the earlier start dates will offset any bad weather that would extend the 2015-16 school year into the summer months.

This past year, inclement weather led to an extended school year in many counties, as board members strove to satisfy the 180-day rule.

Raleigh County students attended school until June 22 in 2014-15. Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade will return on Aug. 13.

Kyra Carden, 10, of Beckley, said Monday that the summer wasn’t long enough to please her.

Kyra, an upcoming 5th grade student at Stanaford Elementary School said that, when school starts, she’ll miss spending time at the pool.

“I really don’t like school because it’s really long,” she said.

Going back to school does have its bright points, she admitted.

“My mom is going to buy me shoes and clothes and notebooks and stuff like that,” she said, adding that she’s also looking forward to seeing friends and meeting her new teacher.

In Fayette County, 800 Collins Middle School students remain displaced due to building, cafeteria and gymnasium structural concerns. In June, voters shot down a $39 million bond that would’ve consolidated schools and funded new construction.

The start of the new school year is uncertain for those students, a parent said.

“I’m not looking forward to it,” Fayette dad Chris Robertson, 41, said. “We still have 800 kids without a school, teachers dropping like flies and no relief for the students, teachers or staff in sight.

“So, no, I’m not looking forward to it at all.”

Students will mark their return to classes at various times throughout August. Check this list to find your child’s return to school date.

Note: Pre-Kindergarten class start dates may vary and are available by contacting the local BOE office.

Fayette County: Thursday, Aug. 13

Greenbrier County: Grades 1 to 12: Thursday, Aug. 6; (school will break for the West Virginia State Fair from Thursday, Aug. 13. to Friday, Aug. 21); Kindergarten: Tuesday, Aug. 25; Pre-K, Head Start: Thursday, Aug. 27

Monroe County: Monday, Aug. 17

Nicholas County: Friday, Aug. 21

Raleigh County: Thursday, Aug. 13

Summers County: Wednesday, Aug. 12

Wyoming County: Thursday, Aug. 13

— Source: County board of education websites and West Virginia Department of Education website


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