(Exira) The Iowa Department of Education is looking for input from public, staff, and businesses about the school calendar. Exira/EHK Schools Superintendent Dean Schnoes says the reason is to address growing concerns of K-12 start dates.
“The Iowa Department of Education would like school districts wait until after Labor Day to start for a lot of various reasons,” stated Schnoes. “The biggest reasons are tourism, the Iowa State Fair and people traveling."
Schnoes says the late start date makes it difficult to meet all the state requirements. “This deals with professional development, the Iowa Core and things that we have to do to satisfy the state which stretches that calendar out”
Schnoes says most schools would like to have their first semester finished up by Christmas break and done by Memorial Day.
“When we talk about education, 90-percent of the teachers across the state would say when it gets close to Memorial Day students figure it out and begin to shut down,”said Schnoes. “So it gets pretty tuff when you have to extend school into June.”
Schnoes says he would like school to start one week before Labor Day because of all the other factors that affect the school calendar. He says if Exira/EHK would start on August 22, school would not be finished until May 29, which would interfere with graduation.
February 12, 2013