Survey: Parents, staff support change in Boise school calendar

A large majority of Boise parents and staffers support a shift in the school calendar, Superintendent Don Coberly said Tuesday.

The district conducted an online survey in May, asking parents and staff whether they would support a tweak in the schedule. The district wants to start the 2018-19 school year on Aug. 15, about a week earlier than previous years. This shift would allow schools to wrap up fall semester before the December holiday break, and close the academic year before Memorial Day.

On his blog, Coberly outlined the survey results.

The district heard from 3,285 patrons and parents, and 87 percent of respondents supported the change. The district received 1,706 responses from staffers, and 83 percent backed the change.

From here, Coberly said the district will host focus groups with students, staff and parents, meet with principals and other staffers and discuss the possible change with Boise Education Association negotiators. The School Board will also take public comments at its regularly scheduled meetings through September.

Trustees will vote on the 2018-19 calendar in October.

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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