The Fayette County school board voted Monday to start the school year almost a week later in 2017-18.
The school year would begin Aug. 16 under the proposal, compared with Aug. 10 this year.
“We are able to start late and still get out by Memorial Day,” board member Amanda Ferguson said.
Board members have said that constituents tell them they want students to have a little more summer vacation.
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Pupil personnel director Steve Hill has said he recently surveyed 30 school staff, including administrators, and the majority were in favor of a later start date. Of 22 people who responded, 63.5 percent favored starting the next school year on Aug. 16.
“Across the state, you are seeing a push for later start dates, and legislators are trying to enact legislation to do that,” Hill said Monday.
A bill to start public schools statewide closer to Labor Day instead of early August failed in the 2016 General Assembly but got support among families.
“We still want local control of our calendar,” Hill said. “But we want to do what the community wants. If that’s starting school a little later, that’s what we want to do as well.”