School districts want earlier start date

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Several area school districts are hoping to change the start date for the 2015-2016 school year.

The La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, West Salem, Bangor, Sparta Area and Tomah Area School Districts are trying to get a waiver to start school earlier.

Leaders from those districts have sent a letter to the state superintendent earlier this month.

Under the proposal, the school districts would start on or around August 12 for the 2015-2016 school year.

District officials said an earlier start date would allow for more flexibility, and better meet students’ needs.

“We can do some just in time if you will academic support rather than waiting through the end of the summer to get that kind of remediation we can do it right in the middle of the school year,” said La Crosse School District associate superintendent of human resources Dr. Steve Salerno.

Under the proposal, district officials have reserved the right for some flexibility based on each district’s individual needs.

No word yet on when the districts could hear if they’ve been approved for a waiver.

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