Students probably will like the three years' worth of school calendars the Westside school board approved Monday.
After this year, Westside will release students for the summer before Memorial Day, like most school districts in the area.
That is a departure from current scheduling. Memorial Day in 2014 falls on May 26.
Summer dismissal is May 30, so students must return after the holiday weekend for final exams and other end-of-the year activities.
Also beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the district will reduce the number of attendance days from 183 to 179. However, other changes — including extending six half days to full days — mean students really will only lose 1.5 days of school time.
Enid Schonewise, assistant superintendent for human resources, said early dismissal days shorten class schedules and don't make the most effective use of instruction time. They also can be difficult for families to work around, she said.
The calendars, created with ideas from parents and staff members, include a two-week winter break and a week-long spring break.
They also build in more professional development time for teachers. While students still will be off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President's Day, teachers will report for training.
Fall and spring parent-teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday, followed by a one-day inter-session. Students will be off the following Monday to allow for teacher meeting time.