Marshall ISD pushes back start of school until Sept. 11

MARSHALL, Texas (MNM) - Due to the delay in substantial completion of the new Marshall Junior High School, Marshall ISD has revised its 2017-2018 school calendar to push back the first day of school to Monday, Sept. 11, for all campuses.

According to the Marshall News-Messenger, the revision to the school calendar was approved Monday by the MISD Board of Trustees during their regular July meeting.

The two-week delay from the original starting date of Aug. 28 will allow for all MISD students to begin school at the same time, rather than staggering different campuses and grade levels. An adjustment of minutes to the school day and an added week at the end of the year will allow the district to make up the annual minutes requirement as mandated by the Texas Education Agency.

MISD will be opening four new schools along with a renovated Sam Houston Elementary for the 2017-2018 school year. RLM Contractors, the general contractor for the new Marshall Junior High, requested a two-week extension to the original contract in June due to construction delays.

Although the three new elementary schools at William B. Travis, David Crockett and Price T. Young, along with the renovated Sam Houston Elementary, are on track to be complete and ready for the former targeted start date, district officials determined the best course of action was to delay the start of school district-wide rather than open the junior high late.

“Logistically, all things considered, this is the best option of a challenging situation,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson. “We considered all kinds of options leading up to this but we feel the least disruptive and most manageable choice was to delay the start of school district-wide for two weeks. With the Labor Day holiday (Sept. 4), we are only looking at pushing the first day of school back nine school days, and everyone will begin the year in their new school at the same time.”

Read the full report on the Marshall News-Messenger's website.

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