PRINCETON: School district delays plan to start school year early

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By Philip Sean Curran, Staff Writer
The Princeton School District will not start the next school year in August, Superintendent of Schools Stephen C. Cochrane said in announcing that the change will be pushed back until 2019.
“While much of the feedback we have received about moving the start date for the 2018-2019 school year to the end of August has been positive, the board and I believe there is value in waiting another year to implement this change,” he wrote in a letter Friday to parents. “We are now looking at implementing an earlier start date for the 2019-2020 school year.”
In October, Cochrane had proposed that school start for students on Aug. 29, 2018, and end June 14, 2019. He had sought to make the case, then, that there was an educational benefit in that students are “more engaged at the beginning of the year than they are at the very end of June.”
Instead, he said this week that the start date of 2018/19 for students would be after Labor Day
“We hope to present the 2018-2019 calendar at the board meeting in January, with a vote to finalize the calendar planned for the Board meeting in February,” he said.
This story will be updated.