More Snow Days One Feature of Next Year's SJSD Calendar

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 02/10 2014 09:50PM

Updated 02/11 2014 10:49AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph School District Board of Education approved a final 2014-15 school year calendar at its Monday meeting.

The calendar is significantly different than years past in that it includes fewer school days, yet more time in class for students.

That will happen because the board approved a plan to almost entirely eliminate early outs and lengthen the school day by just a little bit.

Also approved was a doubling of budgeted snow days from five to ten to prevent the need for make-up days.

"It puts a little more defined plan, barring the inclement weather, to a school calendar and it's much more parent-friendly because of not having the early dismissals," says Jake Long with the school district.

Another big change for the 2014-15 year is high school graduations.

St. Joseph's three public high schools are scheduled for weekday evenings. The schools will graduate their seniors on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening instead of a weekend day. Each school will have its own separate evening.

The first day of class next fall will be August 18.

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