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School board sets calendar for 2018-19 school year

Although the 2017-18 school year hasn't come to an end, the Osakis School Board has already approved the calendar for the 2018-19 school year.

The calendar, which includes some big changes, was approved at the Monday, March 12 school board meeting.

The biggest change is for when the graduation ceremony will be taking place, which was set for Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. Traditionally, graduation has taken place the Saturday after Memorial Day, which is several days after the last day of school.

Superintendent Randy Bergquist said after talking with staff and having students fill out a survey, the school calendar committee decided to do it differently for next year and the graduation ceremony will take place on the senior class' last day of school, which is May 24.

The last day of school for the rest of the district is May 30, which Bergquist said the committee felt was important for students so that they were done by June 1.

As for the Friday night graduation ceremony, Bergquist said, "We are going to try it and see if it works."

The school start date for the 2018-19 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Bergquist also highlighted the number of days in each quarter — 42 in the first, 44 in the second, 41 in the third and 45 in the fourth, which means that each semester evens out with a total of 86 days.

He also said there will be an early out in December for the holidays. Students last day before the holiday break will be Friday, Dec. 21 and then students don't start back until Thursday, Jan. 3. Students will also be getting a short break in over President's Day weekend. They will have off Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18.

Bergquist said he felt the school calendar committee did a "good job" and they were excited about how the calendar was laid out for the next school year. He also said it was a team effort.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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