Knox School Board Approves Later Start in 2008

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) The Knox County School board has decided to revise when kids will head back to class next year.

Volunteer TV's Allison Hunt has the latest details.

The school board voted on a proposal to move the first day of school from August 6th to August 11th during tonight's meeting.

In the proposal, teacher in-service days will be moved to the beginning of the year.

This will add five days to the summer break for students.

Some parents have called for the school year to start later because the traditional summer was getting shorter.

One parent we talked to says approving this proposal is a very positive first step.

Cathy Van Meter, a Knox County parent says, "right now there hasn't been much parental input in the calendar and the board's been responsive. They have made some changes for next year, but long term we need to have some parental input to see what calendar best suits Knox county families."

We'll have much more on the vote coming up tonight at 11:00.