The Aberdeen School Board approved the first reading of the 2024-25 and 2025-26 academic calendars during the board’s regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 27, at the District Service Center.
Starting next year, the first day of school will be a whole day, rather than a half day for students with a teacher open house the other half. The open house will instead be moved to a different day.
Students will not have school the day before Thanksgiving next year, either, in conjunction with the first day change. Typically students have a half day of classes.
Next year, teachers will have a full day of staff development the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
“We have seen it’s difficult for families to do the half days. Transportation especially is difficult in middle of the day for families,” Superintendent Becky Guffin said.
She added the district sees a fairly significant decline in attendance the day before Thanksgiving and hopes this change will work better for everyone.
The first day of school for the 2024-25 school year will be Tuesday, Aug. 20.
For the 2025-26 school year, the first day is currently set for Monday, Aug. 18 — another change as classes typically start on a Tuesday. This is to help better even out the number of days in the fall and spring semesters.
ASBSD approves resolutions ahead of legislative session
Aberdeen School Board member Duane Alm serves as a local delegate to the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, which held a delegate assembly meeting on Nov. 22.
Alm provided an updated report on the ASBSD’s positions and resolutions at Monday’s meeting.
The resolutions and positions will be taken before the South Dakota Legislature for the 2024 legislative session. Alm first presented the report back in September. This time, he mostly focusing on the discussing the priority resolutions.
Some of those include:
- Opposing public funding for non-public education.
- Having local control over reviewing school and library materials.
- Opposing legislation with one-size-fits-all school board policy language.
- An annual increase in state aid without a growth cap.
- Creating a state-funded undergraduate education scholarship program and a teaching academy.
- Opposing the reduction or repeal of property taxes without a new source of revenue.
In other action, the board also approved the Strong Together: Continue to Learn plan, which was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is reviewed every six months. There were no changes to this plan.
At the end of the meeting, the board moved into executive session to discuss marketing and pricing strategies.