MARION — The Marion Independent school board Monday night approved a 2016-17 calendar that begins classes on Aug. 23, includes five districtwide early dismissals and ends classes on May 30, 2017.
The districtwide early dismissals are scheduled for Aug. 23, Aug. 24, Dec. 22, May 3 and May 30. Additional early outs for kindergarten through fourth grades only are scheduled for Nov. 22 and March 9.
Thanksgiving break is scheduled for Nov. 23-27, winter break for Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 and spring break for March 10-19. The district also will observe Labor Day (Sept. 5) and Memorial Day (May 29).
Classes also will not be held on eight other days for a variety of reasons, including teacher work days and days set aside for professional development.
Those days are Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 14, Jan. 13 and 16, Feb. 24, March 31 and April 14.
Total classroom time is 1,122-1/2 hours, 42-1/2 more than the 1,080 hours required by the state.
Graduation for the Marion High School Class of 2017 is scheduled for May 28.