School before Labor day? Maybe?
Written by Jesse Baroka on March 14, 2019
GOGEBIC COUNTY – The districts that make up the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District may be starting classes earlier next year as GOISD officials applied this week for a state waiver to begin classes before Labor Day. GOISD Superintendent Bruce Mayle told the Daily Globe he applied for the waiver Monday and expects to hear a response in the coming days. The earlier start date was something the GOISD considered last year, but not all six member schools were on board. A state law passed in 2005 mandates districts start school after Labor Day, but allows a waiver for certain conditions. One of the exceptions can be for districts that have certain programs with their local colleges to allow the academic calendars to sync up. The program allows “students entering their junior year of high school (to) have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, a significant number of college credits and possibly an associate degree over three years. If the GOISD is allowed to move forward with the early start waiver, it must hold public hearings as part of the process. This would likely take place in April. Other schools on the Gogebic Range have expressed an interested in starting the school year early as well and have applied for a waiver from the state.