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Williamstown Independent Schools will start classes a little later next school year.
The school board approved the 2011-12 draft calendar during its March meeting with a start date of Aug. 18 — a week later than normal.
“If we just had a banner year with no snow in Kentucky, we would be out on May 24, which is on a Thursday,” said Williamstown Elementary Principal David Poer, who also serves as district director of pupil personnel and head of the calendar committee.
The district also has several days off worked into the schedule throughout the school year starting with Labor Day on Sept. 5.
Fall break is set for Oct. 6-7, which falls on a Thursday and Friday.
The district is required to be off Nov. 8 for Election Day, but the calendar committee also decided to cancel classes the day before on Nov. 7.
“When you look back at our attendance (the day before Election Day) this year, it was 85 percent district-wide,” Poer said.
“I think people decided to just make it a four-day weekend and not go in on Monday. So, we decided to be off that day next year.”
Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 23-25, and students will get nearly two weeks off for Christmas break from Dec. 22- Jan. 3, 2012.
Williamstown will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16, 2012 with no school.
Classes also will not be in session Feb. 22-21, however they are designated as possible make-up days.
Williamstown’s spring break will be April 1-6, 2012.
“That’s typically a week later than we normally take it, but that is going to fall in line with Grant County,” Poer said.
The final scheduled day off will be May 15, 2012 for the primary election.
Law requires that school calendars have 177 six-hour days of instruction.
Williamstown’s calendar will have only 175 days, but extra time is built in each day to make up for the other two days.
Poer said the schedule will have have four to six early release days as well, but the exact days have not been determined.