Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III has presented a calendar for the 2006-07 school year to the School Board that includes a start date after Labor Day. The board reviewed the proposal at its meeting Tuesday and will take public comments before adopting a calendar next month.
State law requires schools to start after Labor Day. For years, however, Loudoun qualified for a waiver, allowing county schools to start a week earlier. Waivers are granted based on the number of snow days taken by a district over the previous decade.
In 2004, for the first time in a generation, the snow day math didn't add up for the county, and it couldn't get the waiver. That year, Loudoun students started school after Labor Day, like students in the rest of Northern Virginia. But this year, it was back to a pre-Labor Day start.
Hatrick has long argued that Loudoun should take advantage of the waiver and start early when it can. He contends that students learn more at the start of the school year, when they are refreshed after a summer's rest.
The county, however, will not qualify for the waiver in 2006, meaning school can start no earlier than Sept. 5, after the end-of-summer holiday.
Under Hatrick's proposed calendar, the last day of school in 2007 would be June 19.
The School Board also received its annual report on spending per pupil. Over the 2004-05 school year, the total cost per pupil was $10,905, up 7.8 percent from the year before. That figure includes local, state and federal funding.
The county spent $8,245 of local tax money on each student, an increase of 9.5 percent from the year before.