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Pequot Lakes School Board: Board adopts 2015-16 school calendar

Spring break 2016 will be a full week - March 21-25 - for the Pequot Lakes School District, and the school year will end in May 2016. The school board adopted the 2015-16 school calendar Monday, Jan. 12. Superintendent Chris Lindholm presented tw...

Spring break 2016 will be a full week - March 21-25 - for the Pequot Lakes School District, and the school year will end in May 2016.

The school board adopted the 2015-16 school calendar Monday, Jan. 12. Superintendent Chris Lindholm presented two school calendar options - the adopted calendar with a five-day spring break tied to Easter, and an option with two four-day long weekends as spring break.

Both options had the students' school year ending before Memorial Day, which was a priority among staff responding to a survey, Lindholm said.

Another deciding factor was the band program is planning a trip to New York over spring break in 2016 and the adopted calendar is more conducive to those plans. The full one-week spring break means students and staff won't have to miss regular school days.

The 2015-16 school calendar was more challenging to create than most years because of the Labor Day holiday falling on the latest possible date, Lindholm said, noting some Minnesota school districts are lobbying the Legislature to allow school to start before Labor Day this year.

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Pequot Lakes high school and middle level students will start the day after Labor Day - Tuesday, Sept. 8 - and Eagle View Elementary School students will start Thursday, Sept. 10.

Open houses will be Wednesday, Sept. 2, for the middle school, and Thursday, Sept. 3, for the high school.

Graduation and students' last day will be Friday, May 27, 2016. Teachers will have an inservice Tuesday, May 31, 2016, the day after Memorial Day.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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