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Hampton OKs school calendar

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Hampton Township School District families will see a familiar school calendar, at least for one more year.

School board members approved the 2014-15 school calendar that will start classes on Thursday, Aug. 21. The last day for students will be Friday, June 5, and commencement is scheduled for Thursday, June 4.

Superintendent John Hoover presented two calendar options to the school board earlier this month. One option had school start on Aug. 21, and end June 5. The second option started on Wednesday, Aug. 27, and ended the year on June 12.

“I would recommend the earlier one. I feel in June, kids are much more antsy. In August, the kids are ready to come back,” Hoover said.

Hoover said that challenges to create the calendar included scheduling holiday breaks.

The approved calendar will provide students with a winter break from Wednesday, Dec. 24, to Friday, Jan. 2, and a spring break from Monday, March 30, to Monday, April 6. The calendar includes four snow make-up days.

“The calendar you're voting on is almost identical with this year and is almost identical with the year before,” Hoover told the school board members.

Jeff Kline, director of administrative services at the school district, pointed out that the earlier start date may help facilitate a high school remodeling project that the school board and administration are considering.

“If we do move forward with the high school construction, we may want more time in the summer,” said Kline, adding that there may be a later start to the 2015-16 school year to allow additional time for construction.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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