Students could get out before Memorial Day

By Chad Koenen


New York Mills School District students could get out of school before Memorial Day next year—provided the district doesn’t use up all of its snow days.

During its regularly scheduled meeting last Monday night, the NY Mills School Board approved its 2021-22 school calendar. The calendar shows that students will start school on Sept. 7, or the Tuesday after Labor Day, and end on Friday, May 27. That day will be the Friday before Memorial Day. 

The final day of school will depend upon any snow days the district utilizes throughout the school year. There are currently three snow days built into the calendar, one each in December, February and April.

Graduation will be held on Friday, May 27 and there are six early out days built into the calendar. There will be 173 student contact days next year. 

In other news

• Discussed the budget and planning for next year. NY Mills Superintendent Blaine Novak said the most difficult part about planning for next year will be predicting how many students will be in the elementary school. Since each students represents funding from the state, determining how many students return to school from COVID-19 and enroll at NY Mills School will be an important set of decisions the district will make leading up to fall. The unknowns regarding student enrollment will make developing a budget a bit of a challenge for the district this year. 

• Discussed the need for a credit recovery program for high school students who failed classes this year. The need for a credit recovery program was magnified this year due to challenges with COVID-19. 

• Heard an update on winter and spring sports from athletic director Matt Radniecki. Spring sports will start this week and over 40 students have already registered for spring trap.