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From a Parent’s Mouth

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Allow me to direct your attention to the Daily Mail’s Mommyhood blog, where Karan Ireland, a blogger/mom with a kids in Kanawha County school system, wrote Friday about feeling ripped off by this year’s school calendar — which made for a shorter-than-usual summer by about two weeks.

The clock ran out on us before I had the chance to dip-dye my daughter’s hair pink on the ends; before I had the chance to implement a “prepare for school” study regimen; before we even had the chance to get to the beach, or Ikea, or a major league baseball game!

School board: I NEED MORE TIME!

She’s putting into words on the Internet a sentiment that school board members have been considering for months: They decided last year to start school two weeks earlier than usual so the first semester will be over before Christmas break (no more cramming during winter vacation, kids!) but not without worries about the reaction from kids and parents.

If the next academic calendar looks like this one does, that means the summer will be back to its normal length, just shifted back by two weeks — but it’s still not clear if that’s what will happen. At the school board meeting last week board member Becky Jordon asked to have the issue placed on the agenda for next month’s meeting, so we’ll have to wait to see how that pans out.