School Start Date Could Change

by Chris Cato

Angel Jackson, a parent said, "I don't think it's that much of a difference. Just a week or two is not really that big of a deal."

To many parents like Angel, the start date of school isn't that important. Many say it really doesn't matter at all, because if students start the year earlier, they will just get out of school earlier. But there are a few hitches.

Richard Fischer said, "Kids would start on August 15th, with teachers starting on August 8th, and that really cuts August out of the summer vacation."

NISD School Board President Richard Fischer, the only person to vote against the waiver, has other concerns. He says the higher cost of cooling the school buildings in the beginning of August will eat up a lot of the budget. There are also worries the earlier August start date could cut into time some teachers use to take summer classes at universities.

If school started later in August, it would give students one less week to prepare for the state mandated TAKS test.

Jackson said, "You can just make up for that and add a little more information. It shouldn't make that much of a difference. We're just talking a week or two."

The waiver was approved after a lengthy discussion by the Nacogdoches ISD School Board, and an open discussion with residents attending the meeting. Nacogdoches now joins many other districts across the state that have already requested the waiver.