A state Department of Education provision will allow Murfreesboro City School students to end classes early this year. City schools spokesperson Lisa Trail says the last half day of school has been changed to Wednesday, May 21st. The original last day of school was Friday, May 23rd. She says the state is permitting districts to take their last two student days of the current school year and convert them into professional development days for teachers if the district has days stockpiled. Those would be days originally set aside for inclement weather, natural disaster, etc.
The Murfreesboro City School Board approved the conversion of two student days to two professional development days at the Board Meeting Tuesday night. Trail says the Extended School Program will begin their summer programs on Thursday, May 22.
So, parents of Murfreesboro City School students, change your calendar to reflect the last half-day of school this year will be Wednesday, May 21st instead of Friday, May 23rd.
As for the county, schools spokesman James Evans says the Rutherford County School Board has not discussed any changes to the calendar at this time. He says "it's tough to predict what they may consider at a later date, but as of today, there has been no mention of us pursuing a calendar change."