Wednesday, February 23, 2011

And the survey says

Public prefers later school start


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Results from a survey recently conducted by the Blaine County School District show that a majority of community members and School District staff favors starting school after Labor Day.

According to the results, which were released Friday, 80 percent of the community responders preferred the later start this school year and would like to see it continued. Sixty-seven percent of school district staff also liked the later start date, with 68 percent voting for continuation.

The district reported that 805 people responded to the survey on its website.

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The first day of school for the 2010-11 school year was Tuesday, Sept. 7, the day after Labor Day. The last day of school this year is June 10.

Previously, school started the week before Labor Day and ended earlier in June.

According to the School District, information from the survey, and a new one launched last week, will be used for preparation of the district's calendar for the 2011-212 school year.

The new survey is asking for staff and public opinion on winter and spring breaks, specifically whether they should be continued as is or changed.

The survey will be conducted through March 4. It can be accessed at www.blaineschools.org.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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