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Dell Rapids Parents Voice School Start Date Concerns

March 17, 2014, 6:13 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Dell Rapids Parents Voice School Start Date Concerns
DELL RAPIDS, SD -

The Dell Rapids School Board will release the results from a district-wide survey Monday night. The survey offered parents and students three different options when it comes to the school start date.

We talked to a couple of parents in Dell Rapids Monday to hear their thoughts on the decision.

School start dates have been a big topic of debate across the state this year.

The Dell Rapids school board decided to send out a survey to ask those most affected for their opinions on any possible changes.

"They're the ones that paid for the school. They should have some input," Dell Rapids parent Steve Heinemann said. 

The options include: leaving it as is, moving the start date to after Labor Day or start classes during the fourth week in August.

Heinemann has two kids in the school district right now, and says starting after Labor Day worked before, so it should be able to work again.

"I like it. That's how it was when I was a kid. You know, we had that last weekend to kind of give them something right at the end there and then go back to school," Heinemann said. 

Tourist organizations across the state have been supportive of moving the start date back to help families spend more summer vacation money in the state.

Cam Crosby has two kids in elementary school, and says being able to spend more time camping with his family is definitely a perk of pushing school back.

"That's the way it was when we grew up. And it worked out well. Your kids aren't going to school when it's 100 degrees out. They're not getting out when it's 40. So it just seemed like a better calendar match," Crosby said. 

Even though these two men have their minds set, they're glad the district is lending an ear to the public's vote before any decisions are made.

"We were both excited to see the survey and have an opportunity to voice our opinion," Crosby said.

"If it leans one way or the other they probably should. I would guess. And they probably will, whichever way it goes," Heinemann said.

Monday night the school board will listen to the results from the survey and decide what to do next.

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