School Board Sets New Start Date Before Labor Day In 2018


We now know when children in the Sioux Falls School district will go back to class in 2018. 

For months, a School Calendar Committee has been taking input from the community on the start date. 

The committee includes administrators, teachers, school board members, parents, and others. Monday, that group presented its recommendation to the Sioux Falls School Board. 

From surveys to public input sessions, more than 11,000 people weighed in on when students should head back to class in 2018. With that feedback, Assistant Superintendent Jamie Nold went in front of the school board and presents the committees recommendation of August 23.

Nold says the committee voted 14-7 to approve that date. The last day of the school year will be on May 21. 

School Board Member Doug Morrison, who a part of the calendar committee, says the biggest disagreement came from parents who wanted to see classes start the last Monday in August. Overall, he believes it was a good process to come to the conclusion. 

“Having attended all the input sessions, people were passionate but respectful and I think we got to hear many different aspects and sides of it, some things that I weren’t aware of,” Morrison said 

Calendar debates have triggered a lot of discussions over the past few years, including a public vote in 2015 that pushed the school start date to after Labor Day. This process was about letting as many voices be heard before making a final decision.

“I thought it was a really good process and I hope that people are happy with the outcome and willing to give it a try and be open minded and see what happens and overall it was a very positive experience I thought,” School Board Member 

At Monday’s meeting, no parents came up to the podium to speak on the issue. In the end, the school board voted unanimously to adopt the calendar. 

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