By Nate Cate
The Stevens Point School Board on Monday unanimously approved extending the 2017-18 school year by three days.
According to district records, the school year is currently 173 days long. Under the new plan, the school year would add an additional three days. The 2017-18 school year will begin Sept. 5 and end June 5.
Dates for the 2018-19 calendar haven’t been approved yet, but an early draft of the calendar runs from Sept. 4 to June 6.
Superintendent Craig Gerlach agreed, saying there needed to be more “face-to-face time” between teachers and students.
New School Board Member Dewey Gantz, who replaces former board member Sam Levin — Levin resigned in November for health reasons — asked for study on how increasing the school year would benefit students’ learning.
Elongating the elementary school day by about 30 minutes is also in the district’s water supply, but that’s a separate issue and hasn’t yet been approved.
Gerlach said the three extra days would be incorporated within the regular student school year, preserving the previous 193-day teaching contract.