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Union Seeking Public Input For 2 School Calendar Proposals For Next Year

Pictured are members of the Union Public Schools Board of Education, from left to right, President Heather McAdams, Superinte

In response to public comments, Union administrators presented two new proposals for the 2024-2025 school calendar to the Board of Education for a first reading Monday, February 12. The Board is now expected to decide on the new school calendar during a second reading on Monday, March 11.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” said Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler. “When we make these kinds of proposals, we put them out for a first read, and this one had historic levels of input. There was a dominant narrative that parents and teachers did not like the ‘every other Friday’ late-start, which they found confusing. We knew we had to make a change.”

As a result, two new options are being presented. Under the two new proposals, Union would either have Late Start Fridays on every Friday, starting 40 minutes later, OR utilize Early Release Fridays, dismissing students 40 minutes earlier on every Friday. School hours for Monday through Thursday would not be changed under either scenario.

View Late Start Friday Option 1.

View Early Release Friday Option 2.

The public may email comments about these calendar options to

Union had discontinued Late Start Fridays a few years ago due to the pandemic, but administrators want to bring the program back as a necessary professional development time for teachers.

Otherwise, the calendar proposals mirror the current school calendar. Both proposed calendars call for the first day of school to start August 15, with the last day tentatively set for May 28, with five snow days built into the calendar. Once again, there are also two virtual days – one in October and another in April – where students will complete assignments at home while teachers are involved in collaboration and training. If no snow days are used, the last day of school would be May 20.

Please share your thoughts on:

  • Which option, Late Start or Early Release Friday, you prefer for teacher collaboration time.
  • What is important about the school calendar. 

Your feedback is valuable and will help us develop a calendar that meets the needs of our entire school community. 

Please participate in our online survey. The survey will be active until Friday, February 23.