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House Bill proposes a later start to school year statewide

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Should the state determine the first day of the school year?

Sioux Falls and other districts say no.

A new bill in the South Dakota legislature says districts can't start classes before the last Monday in august.

Some think it's a good idea.

On a cold day like this most kids don't mind being in school but many wish they could hold on to summer a little longer.

Harrisburg High School junior Patrick Wiebers said "summer is good, the weather is nice, why not be out of school."

Harrisburg High School junior Cody Eide said "it's still nice out around September. It would be nice to start a little, maybe a week into September and then finish a little later. That would be ok."

If House Bill 1093 passes, kids won't head back to class until after the last Monday in august.

Parent Bridget Nilges said "when school starts earlier, it just cuts into our summer, and its still hot and when my kids do go to school, they're always complaining because the classrooms are so warm."

"I think it would be nice to have the extra time, extra summer time and get a little more time to work for people who have jobs," Eide said.

And places like Wild Water West could use a little extra summertime.

Wild Water West sales and marketing manager Emily McNamara said "we had people ask us why aren't you open and sadly that's the reason that we had to say is that we don't have enough employees to staff the waterpark to open."

Harrisburg High School principal Kevin Lein said "education is the priority and we feel like the start before labor day has given us a head start and even towards a the end of the school year because we might have weather like we had recently that puts us into a later time."

"When I went to school, we didn't start until after labor day and we all turned out just fine," Nilges said.

Hopefully parents, school administrators and lawmakers can all agree on what's best for students.

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