Edina School Board Considers August Start Date

Posted at: 01/22/2013 10:24 PM
Updated at: 01/23/2013 12:56 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

Should the school year start before Labor Day? The school board in Edina is considering that question Wednesday.

They're holding a work session to discuss the upcoming school calendar.

Wednesday's meeting began at 7:30 a.m. at the Edina Community Center.

Edina superintendent Dr. Ric Dressen says the main reason for an early start date is to better prepare students for standardized tests.

Dr. Dressen says kids are itching to get out of school in early June, but they're also more motivated to get back in the classroom before Labor Day.

By swapping out a week in June for a week in August, Edina would have five more days to prepare for national and statewide assessment tests held each spring.

Many parents have signed petitions urging the board to not start before Labor Day, saying it will conflict with end of summer vacations and the state fair.

According to Hospitality Minnesota, many statewide industries like tourism and farming depend on employing students through Labor Day. 

A final vote will be held Monday at the school board meeting.