Boise considers earlier start to 2018-19 school year

The Boise School District wants to hear from parents about the 2018-19 school calendar.

The district is considering moving up the start of the school year by about one week. Classes would start on Aug. 15, and wrap up on May 24, before the Memorial Day weekend.

The district has launched an online survey on the proposed change.

The one-week change might sound minor. However, the district says the move would allow schools to wrap up fall semester in December, and allow secondary school students to take end-of-semester exams before holiday break.

The change would “(reduce) the potential that students will forget the content that they learned over the course of the first semester, and prevent students from having to spend the winter holiday break studying or completing projects,” the district says in its online survey.

Money is another motivation.

By eliminating low-attendance days from its calendar, the Boise district hopes to see a bump in state funding. The state uses average daily student attendance as its method of calculating payments to school districts.

The 2017-18 calendar would remain unchanged. Classes will begin Aug. 22, fall end-of-semester exams will be administered Jan. 17-19, and the school year would end June 1.

The survey will be online through Tuesday.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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