The Gibraltar Area School District will play the waiting game when it comes to proposed legislation that could change the start date for classes. Rep. Jim Ott is making his fourth attempt to reverse a 2000 state law prohibiting schools from starting before September 1. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the state’s Association of School Boards supports the move citing flexibility, while tourism officials say it could hurt their industry. Gibraltar Secondary School principal Gereon Methner says they want to see how it works elsewhere first.
The state of Michigan, also known for tourism, enacted a similar law in 2006. According to MLive.com, at least 53 school districts received waivers to start earlier than Labor Day because of exemptions such as a year-round schedule, summer learning options, and partnerships with post-secondary institutions.