Kanawha County Education Association President Dinah Adkins said teachers were not given proper notice of Monday's vote, and said that after years of asking for teacher input to be considered in the calendar process, the school board has failed.
"Some [teachers] held strong and said they would not vote for an early start no matter what ... but many voted for something they did not want," Adkins said. "So what you actually have now is not a vote [that's] best for employees and students. You have a vote based on when employees want to be paid. Academics has been completely eliminated from the equation."
While school board members did not weigh in on which calendar they planned to vote on, many agreed whatever the choice, it will stick for a few years.
"We're not going through this every year," school board member Becky Jordon said.
Thursday's meeting served as the first of two public meetings that school districts are now required by the state Department of Education to hold when choosing a school calendar.
The Kanawha County Board of Education will address the school calendar again at next month's meeting, scheduled for Nov. 21.
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