TALLMADGE — Students in the Tallmadge school district will get to enjoy their summer break for more than a week longer than typical in the start of the 2019-20 school year.
The flip side is their last day of school also will be later.
The Tallmadge school board recently approved the 2019-20 calendar; the first day of school for students is Aug. 26, and the last day is June 4. This school year started Aug. 15, and will end May 29.
The delay for the 2019-20 school year is to accommodate the construction schedule, said Steve Wood, chief operating officer with the district. The Tallmadge City Schools is constructing a new middle school and elementary school, as well as a new sports stadium and athletic fields.
"We had been starting around the 16th or 17th," Wood said. "We are pushing it about a week and a half."
Wood added that "this would have been a typical calendar a few years ago." The district moved the start date of school earlier "so the high school could finish their semester before winter break."
That is the one drawback with this year’s schedule, Wood added: winter break is Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 for 2019-20; the semester goes through Jan. 16 in the next school year.
Wood said he didn’t anticipate any issues with classes connected with the Six District Compact. The Tallmadge City Schools are one of six school districts that work together to offer classes such as aeronautics, health care, automotive, cosmetology, biomedical science, culinary arts, electronics and robotics, marketing and more.
"Some other schools use a later start schedule," Wood said. "The Compact is used to working with changing schedules."
Voters in November 2016 also approved a 3.9-mill bond issue to construct a new elementary school building for the district’s kindergarten through fifth-graders, and a new middle school for the district’s sixth- through eighth-graders. The new elementary school building will combine the students currently at Dunbar Primary School and Munroe Elementary School into one building.
Munroe Elementary will be bulldozed, and the land will be incorporated into the high school campus and make up the athletic fields, Superintendent Jeff Ferguson said in an earlier interview. The middle school will be bulldozed, as well. The administration plans to sell Dunbar.
The cost of constructing the two schools is estimated at about $45 million, Ferguson said in an earlier interview. The bond issue will raise $31 million, and the remaining $14 million will come from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.
Voters also approved a .9-mill levy for constructing a new high school stadium and athletic facilities. The bond issue generates $7 million for the stadium and planned renovations. These facilities include a football/soccer stadium, practice fields and baseball and softball fields.
According to information from the school district, the opening of the middle school is planned for the start of the 2019-20 school year, with the new elementary building scheduled to open by mid-school year. The new stadium is expected to be open for use by this fall.
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