Calhoun school workers sue over spring break loss

CHARLESTON (AP) — Three Calhoun County school employees have gone to court over the county Board of Education’s decision to cancel spring break.

The Charleston Gazette reports that each employee filed a lawsuit Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court against the county board and the state Board of Education.

On Feb. 27, the county board changed the week of March 17-March 21 from out of calendar days to instructional days. Out of calendar days are uncompensated days off.

The lawsuits say the employees had made travel plans. They didn’t learn that the state board approved the change until March 5.

Like other West Virginia counties, Calhoun County has lost instructional days this winter because of harsh weather.

State Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares says the change was designed to benefit students.

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