School may start in August

By MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

Summer vacation might be cut short a smidge early this year, if the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction approves a Cedar Grove-Belgium School District waiver to start school earlier than state law allows.

Electors in the district on Jan. 11 approved letting the district apply for the waiver to start school on Thursday, Aug. 31. State calls for school to start on or after Sept. 1.

Supt. Chad Brakke said the Aug. 31 start allows teachers to have three workdays before students attend on Thursday and Friday  and then have three days off for Labor Day weekend.

That schedule, he said, “happened this year and, in surveying the staff and administrators, worked really well.”

Starting school on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Brakke said, pushes the rest of the school year back.

Moving the calendar up also allows construction crews to get an earlier start this summer on site work for projects funded by the $21 million referendum approved by voters last April.

The School Board approved the proposal immediately after the electors meeting.

The proposed school calendar also moves all staff development days to Mondays instead of holding them on Fridays. Brakke said teachers are more productive at the beginning of the week.

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