TUPELO – Students in the Lee County School District will begin next school year on Thursday, Aug. 7.
The district’s school board on Tuesday approved its calendar for the 2014-15 school year. The final day for staff and students will be Friday, May 22, 2015, and graduation will be May 23.
The calendar reflects the early start flexibility given back to districts by state lawmakers. The Legislature recently repealed a 2012 law that would have prevented districts from starting before the third Monday in August, beginning this year.
Traditionally, Northeast Mississippi schools have begun during the first or second week of August, and superintendents said that doing so allows them to complete the first semester before Christmas.
Lee County teachers will have a week of training from Thursday, July 31 to Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Holidays include Labor Day (Sept. 1), Columbus Day (Oct. 13), Thanksgiving (Nov. 24 to 28), Christmas (Dec. 22 to Jan. 2), Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 19), spring break (March 9-13) and Easter (April 3-6).
Students will be off on Presidents Day (Feb. 16), which will be a training day for teachers. Teachers also will have training on Jan. 5, while students will return from Christmas break on Jan. 6.
The district will have 60 percent days on Dec. 19 and May 22.
Easter Monday will be reserved as a weather make-up day.