Students and teachers in Columbia County will have an extra day next year to recover from spring break.
The Board of Education on Tuesday approved a plan that adds the Monday after Masters Week as a holiday and starts the school year one day earlier to compensate.
“We kept having situations come up with Masters play possibly going into Monday, and we’ve got students and employees being hired by (Augusta National Golf Club),” said School Superintendent Charles Nagle. “If they went into Monday play, it would leave them in the lurch.”
In addition, he said, parents who rent their homes to Masters guests have been concerned about rentals that carry over Sunday night.
“Parents are concerned about getting their children back in town,” he said. “We have more people renting their houses, and they can’t get back in them.”
His own rental used to run Wednesday-Saturday, he said. “Now they want it the Saturday before Masters, and we don’t get in our house until 4:30 Monday.”
Nagle’s Student Advisory Council, made up of about 30 students from the five high schools, also recommended the Monday carryover.
The 2013-2014 school year will now begin Aug. 6, instead of Aug. 7, and teacher planning will begin July 31.