I noticed on the Lawrence school district Web site that school is starting on Aug. 13 for next year. Why are they starting so early? In the past, they have always started around Aug. 18, or 19?
District spokeswoman Julie Boyle said for the last five years school started Wednesday of the second full week of August, and that it has started Aug. 15, Aug. 16, Aug. 17, Aug. 11 and Aug. 13. "The Lawrence school district and Lawrence Education Association attempt to provide students, parents, staff and patrons a school calendar that provides optimum instructional time for students, meets the requirements stipulated by the Kansas State Board of Education and takes into considerations such things as family vacation and holiday needs," Boyle said.