On the topic of a longer school year, the board will once again consider asking state officials for a waiver to start classes sometime before the Labor Day weekend. Officials sought a district-wide waiver last year, though they ultimately withdrew the request after their counterparts in Richmond indicated the state superintendent would not recommend the proposal.
While its not a priority for the board, Gorsuch says they may try for a waiver once more.
Were going to have to decide whether we want to put our emphasis on that or work on other issues, she said. Its been a longstanding issue and a legislative position of ours that local school boards should have control [to set their calendar]. I expect us to work on that from a legislative standpoint. Im not sure whether were going to apply for the waiver.