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Wellesley officials recommend starting schools on Aug. 27 next year

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 18, 2013 12:36 PM

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Wellesley school administrators are recommending that local students start school on Aug. 27 next year, a week earlier than the usual first week of September, according to superintendent David Lussier.

Lussier sent a letter home to parents on Friday to inform them of the recent recommendation. The proposal comes after Wellesley officials invited parents to forums to discuss how the district drafts each school year's calendar, and what they could do better.

"This recommendation was the culmination of several months of work by our Calendar Committee in which we engaged in a dialogue with staff, parents, and members of the community about elements of our calendar including start dates, religious holidays, and school vacations," Lussier wrote.

The new Aug. 27 start date would mean students would get out of school earlier in the summer -- June 19 to be exact, assuming five snow days, Lussier said in the letter.

All holidays and vacations would remain the same, and the changes would not be implemented until fall 2014, he said.

The Wellesley School Committee are inviting parents to their meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:15 p.m. in Town Hall to voice their opinions on the schedule change.

For more information, visit the Wellesley school district's website.

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