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Sioux Falls Voters to Decide School Start Date


Sioux Falls, SD (KELO AM) - A Sioux Falls group calling for the school year to start after Labor Day had their petition certified today, sending the issue to a city wide vote next April. Wendy McDonnell, who spearheaded the petition, the group is asking for the school year to be re-structured to a uniform start date of after Labor Day. Currently, the school year starts a week or two before the holiday.

McDonnell says the group is not anti-education and they are not calling for a shortened school year, but rather they are just asking for more time for family vacations during the prime of the South Dakota tourism season. She added that businesses would stand to benefit as well, because they would not lose their high school aged employees during the busy travel season.

McDonnell added that several school districts have gone back to starting after Labor Day, a move she called “common sense calendar for where we live.” The issue will be voted on during the school board election in April of 2015.