COUNCIL BLUFFS — A short school board meeting held prior to the Iowa caucuses on Monday evening drew no public attendance, let alone testimony, for next year’s calendar for the Lewis Central Community School District.

Superintendent Mark Schweer described the calendar as fairly similar to this year, with 19 full weeks of instruction along with six full-release days and five early-out days for professional development. Students will attend for 177 days, while staff report for 192.

School will begin on Aug. 25 and would wrap up May 31, 2017, provided the district does not have any snow days, which would be added onto the end of the school year. Graduation falls on May 28, during Memorial Day weekend.

Schweer told the Daily Nonpareil that the calendar was approved.

In other business, the school board approved a change in graduation requirements for Lewis Central High School students that offers an option for a college-readiness class in lieu of a workplace-readiness requirement.

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