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Coldwater school year finally comes to a close today

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The 2013-2014 academic year in the Coldwater School District comes to a close today with a full day of classes, nearly a week later than the rest of the school systems in Branch County. The original Coldwater school calendar for this year called for classes to end with a half day of instruction last Friday. However, the 2 extra days became a requirement because of the 9 class days lost with winter weather cancellations. There was an attempt this year by some school officials in Michigan to have the legislature consider changing the state law that requires all K-12 schools to begin the school year no sooner than the day after Labor Day, a statute largely pushed by the tourism industry and enacted in 2006. 

Coldwater Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tina Kerr is on the board of the Michigan Association of School Superintendents which lobbied hard, but unsuccessfully, for the change in the law. Kerr and others suggest that beginning the school calendar in August will give them better options when make-up days are needed and can be scheduled in late May or in early June if necessary.