Despite occasional complaints from parents about a school start date that creeps into early August, no drastic changes will likely take place in 2016. 

School Board members are likely to approve a plan on Thursday that would have teachers report on August 4, registration on August 8, and students beginning classes on August 11. Administrators say an August start date is necessary to ensure the first semester ends before Christmas.

All certified and full-time classified employees were given an opportunity to vote on two calendar options for the 2016-17 school year. 

A total of 2,188 votes were submitted in late October. More than 70 percent of respondents preferred "Draft # 1" which would include week-long breaks in the fall (Oct.10-14, 2016) and spring (March 20-24, 2017).   Board members traditionally approve the employees' recommended calendar.

Also at Thursday's meeting, Board members are expected to approve "Middle Valley Elementary School" as the name of the new school building that will replace Falling Water and Ganns Middle Valley schools next year.