Summer of discontent? Boise gets some heat over proposed calendar change

The Boise School District wants more feedback from parents and staff about a proposal to move up the start of the 2018-19 school year.

But the debate over the proposed calendar is heating up, with a public relations campaign opposing the move.

The district is looking at starting the 2018-19 school year on Aug. 15, about a week earlier than usual. The year would also end about a week earlier, on May 24.

District officials say the shift would allow schools to wrap up fall courses and take fall final exams before winter break. The district also believes the change could boost attendance — no small matter, since schools receive state funding based on average daily attendance.

The district conducted an online survey in May, and Superintendent Don Coberly said the response was overwhelmingly positive. More than 80 percent of parents and patrons and staffers supported the move, Coberly said at the time.

Since then, a group calling itself Save Idaho Summers has launched a social media campaign opposing the calendar change, and has gathered more than 700 signatures on an online petition supporting the old calendar. Wahooz Family Fun Zone, which operates the Roaring Springs water park in Meridian, is heading the campaign, the Idaho Statesman reports.

Click here to comment online on the calendar proposal.

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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