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Batesville Schools not applying for early start to 2018 school year

Batesville School District (BSD) Superintendent Dr. Michael Hester says the district has not applied for the waiver with the state to start the next school year five days early.

“With the proposed changes in the pending strategic plan, the teachers and the administration feel we will need the extra week to get ready for our students to have a great transition into the next school year,” said Dr. Hester.

The BSD board could approve the proposed strategic plan as early as Monday’s school board meeting. Parents and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend the Monday board meeting which will be held in the Batesville High School cafeteria and begins at 5:30 p.m.

State law sets the first day of school for the Monday in the week that contains the date Aug. 19. That would make the earliest first day of school Aug. 20 in the coming 2018-19 school year.

Districts can seek waivers of laws previously granted by the state Board of Education to open-enrollment charter schools that serve students residing in districts asking for waivers.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported nearly 200 school districts in Arkansas have been approved to start the next school year five days earlier than state law permits.


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