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Early start: School Board approves 2017-2018 calendar

Bray Architects present a model of what the front of Hudson High School will look like after construction. The school year will start two weeks early in fall of 2017. (submitted photo)

The 2017 school year in Hudson won’t start next fall but more like late summer. The first day of school is slated for Aug. 17.

With major construction projects underway at both Hudson High School and Hudson Middle School, the Board of Education — after discussion with teacher leaders — has approved the 2017-18 school calendar. The early start is the most significant change in the new calendar. The last day of school will be May 22.

By starting and finishing the 2017-18 school year earlier, there will be more time for construction during the 2018 summer. The level of construction to remodel portions of the high school is substantial and needs to be completed without students and staff in the building. According to the district, a longer summer building season will help accomplish this while insuring the safety of students and staff.

The Board of Education is likely to take action on the 2018-2019 school district calendar in February. It is anticipated that this calendar will also be adjusted for construction with a later start date than usual in September 2018 to further extend construction at the high school when students and staff are not present.

With the board’s approval, an application for a change of the school start date will be filed with the state. By statute, schools in Wisconsin cannot start before Sept. 1. Changing the school start date due to construction is one of the reasons allowed by the state.

HHS graduation will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018.

According to information provided by the district, the 2017-18 schedule provides some additional learning benefits with the end of first semester at the HHS ending prior to winter break. High school students will start January with their second semester classes. Additionally, students will have more time to complete course content before spring Advanced Placement and ACT testing begins.

Superintendent Nick Oullette said they had considered having the start time be later for elementary students but decided that would be more difficult for families, especially those that rely on older children to care of younger siblings and create additional issues with busing and school breaks.

Other significant dates on the calendar include:

  • Thanksgiving break - Nov. 22-24, 2017

  • Winter break - Dec. 25 to Jan. 4, 2018

  • Spring break - March 5-9, 2018

The 2017-18 calendar is available on the school district website ( under the FAMILIES tab. Look for 2017-18 School District Calendar at a Glance. Questions regarding the calendar may be directed to Dave Grambow, assistant superintendent at 715-377-3705.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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