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Input Sought on Wicomico Schools' Start Date

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SALISBURY, Md. - Local school districts are already looking ahead to next year's school calendar. That includes the now controversial start date.
Parents in the Wicomico School District have only have a few days left to have their say on when children go back to school for the 2017-2018 school year.

Governor Larry Hogan signed an Executive Order August 31 mandating that all Maryland schools would begin after Labor Day and end by June 15. He reasons that a longer summer recess would give families more time together and generate more revenue for the tourism industry.
That order has not been well received by most educators, who believe school calendar decisions should be made at the local level.
Districts can request a waiver to start before the holiday.
The Wicomico School District is asking for input from the public, which the Board of Education will then use as part of its decision on a school calendar. Wicomico educators use the public's input regarding the start date and other matters such as the length of winter break to help build a draft calendar.
"A calendar is a compromise. Everyone has an opinion and everyone has an idea what is the best fit for their lives, so we try and do what is best for the community," said Dr. Cathy Townsend, Assistant Superintendent, Wicomico County Schools.
The two options are for the school year to start on Monday, August 28, 2016, or after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 5, 2016.
Two draft calendars reflecting the different start dates are available for the public to review. The calendars can be accessed at the district's website,
www.wcboe.org

The deadline for the public to provide input is this Friday, November 4.

The Wicomico Board of Education is expected to hear a first reading of a suggested calendar at its meeting on November 15. It is anticipated a final vote would come in December, according to Townsend.   

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