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The Beatrice Board of Education discussed implementing a later start date for the 2020-21 school year during its Tuesday meeting.

Assistant superintendent Jackie Nielsen said the proposed calendar has students starting on Tuesday, Aug. 18, a week later than usual to allow for a longer summer vacation.

“If this works out, and if it continues to work out, I think our goal should be to start a little bit later,” Nielsen said.

Nielsen said the start date will also push graduation back a week to Saturday, May 16 instead of May 9. Otherwise, if seniors missed any days of school they would not meet the required hours to graduate.

The calendar also has a shorter winter break, which would start Dec. 22.

“I think most people will like the later start date, and quite honestly the shorter Christmas break,” board member Eric Trusty said.

Nielsen also noted that the first semester would be roughly 10 days longer than the second semester, which board member Doris Martin said teachers might not like.

“The thing about the spring semester is it’s so jam-packed with activities, and then weather sometimes plays a key factor in what happens,” Superintendent Jason Alexander said.

Alexander said the proposed calendar was given to Beatrice Public Schools staff, and that they have time to provide feedback before the board votes on it at the next board meeting on Nov. 11.

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