SARTELL - The Sartell-St. Stephen School district is frustrated with a state requirement to start school after Labor Day.

The holiday won't be until September 7th this year, the latest day it can land. The district will also be in school later through June 6th this summer.

Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert says they want to adjust the schedule this year, but also don't want to eliminate their spring break. The result would be to move the start of the next school year up to the first week of September.

Schwiebert says lawmakers are unlikely to change the law in time for them to adjust their calendars.

The school board made a request to state legislators during their meeting on Monday night, asking for local control of their own academic calendar.

The board feels having control of their calendar would better serve their local needs and community desires.

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