Boise School District looking at calendar changes

Posted at 10:37 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 00:37:55-04

The Boise School District is looking at possible changes to its calendar for next year, specifically starting the school three to five days earlier.

But before making a decision, the board wants to hear from the public. The changes would end the first semester before the start of the winter break.

The district says the change would not put as much pressure on students to study over the holiday break, and they say it is a similar schedule to what local colleges and universities have. During a Wednesday night meeting, parents and other who attended broke up into focus groups to voice their opinions and ask questions of school administrators

"I'm really not in favor of an earlier start to the school year because we're looking at the hottest days of summer for a longer period of time that I don't feel would be a quality learning experience for my kids," said Colleen Fellows, a mother who has children in the Boise School District. 

The Boise School District says they have looked at 11 different calendar changes. They have set up a website where people can leave comments. The board will also be taking comments during its October 9th meeting when it plans to make a decision.