Shorter summer for students may hurt economy


 Students across Southern West Virginia will be in school longer this year to make up snow days.  This means, those local businesses, like Chick-Fil-A in Raleigh County, that depend on student employees over the summer, will have to find a way to do without them. 

Richard Jarrell who owns the Chick-Fil-A on Eisenhower Drive in Beckley said the main concern is that his full time employees might not get vacation time. 

“Being a former school board member I know what’s involved and I know all the hoops they have to work through. I know how the calendar works, so I’m probably a little more understanding than the average business guy,” Jarrell said.

Jarrell thinks the economy as a whole in Raleigh County will suffer. 

“I’ll tell you how it’s going to hurt, it’s going to hurt the city especially and the park systems, the pool. They’re going to reduce the number of days at the pool by what,  3 weeks?” Jarrell said. 

The last day of school for Raleigh County students will be June 22nd. 

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