Edina moving ahead with pre-Labor Day start

The Edina School Board is moving forward with a 2013-14 school calendar that begins before Labor Day.

The board is expected to vote on the calendar during its meeting on Monday, Jan. 28.

The board unanimously agreed on the pre-Labor Day start during a special work session on Wednesday, Jan. 23. However, board members disagreed on when the early start to the school year should be implemented.

In the end, the majority was in favor of implementing the new school year start this fall.

District administration is aware that some students may have prior engagements requiring their attendance and will therefore be absent from school in August 2013. The Board Policy Committee is considering modifications to the Student Attendance Policy to accommodate the extenuating circumstances during the 2013-14 school year.

“We appreciate the thoughtful deliberation that the School Board has taken with regard to our school year calendars, and believe the direction they want us to take is clear,” Superintendent Ric Dressen said. “We know that no calendar will meet the needs of every individual, but we are unified in our commitment to looking at what is educationally best for all of our students. We know that in Edina Public Schools, we must continually review how we do things – including looking differently at issues of learning, teaching, space and time –so that we continue to provide a high quality educational experience for all learners.”

The proposed calendars can be viewed at Edina.k12.mn.us. Comments on the calendars can be e-mailed to the school board members at BoardofEducation@edina.k12.mn.us.

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