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Date of Issue: February 22, 2007

Input sought for 2007-08 school start date

The next school year is to begin Aug. 20 and end June 5 as proposed by Manatee County School District officials. The calendar reflects a new Florida law that states the earliest schools may start the school year is 14 days before Labor Day.

The Manatee County School Board will be asked to approve the proposed calendar in the near future. Members of the public who wish to provide input prior to its approval should contact Dr. Lyn Boyer at BoyerL@ManateeSchools.Net, or call 708-8770, ext. 2072.

Significant dates in the proposed calendar include:

  • School begins - Aug. 20.
  • Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 21-23.
  • Winter Break - Dec. 22 through Jan. 8.
  • FCAT test dates - March 12-26.
  • Spring break - April 5-13.
  • School ends - June 5, 2008.

The current school year started Aug.7, 2006, and concludes on May 24. The earlier start date was scheduled in accordance with previous school years so that students and teachers could complete exams and finish the first semester prior to the winter break.

With the change in the law, the new calendar proposal calls for the first semester to end in January next year. The proposed calendar provides for first semester exams in December at the request of the district’s secondary principals and members of the district’s calendar committee, which convened to make recommendations for the new calendar.