RIPLEY, W.Va. — The Jackson County Board of Education is one of the first counties to approve a calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The board took the action in a recent meeting.

The calendar mirrors this year’s calendar with a similar start date, according to Jackson County School Superintendent Blaine Hess.

“The first day is Thursday, Aug. 16. Our teachers will start a few days in advance. That’s a calendar that’s very similar to this year’s start date. We’re looking to keep the continuity for the start time of school,” Hess told MetroNews affiliate WMOV Radio.

The new calendar has the first semester in 2018 ending before the Christmas break, Hess said.

“That has been so popular with our schools, particularly our secondary schools,” Hess said. “That’s almost become a given with the (local) board any more that that has to be accomplished.”

The rest of the calendar follows traditional breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring break, Hess said.

The calendar places the last day of school at May 31, 2019.

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