The Magnolia ISD board of trustees approved the district’s academic calendar for the upcoming 2022-23 school year at its Feb. 10 meeting.

The calendar—proposed by a committee composed of teachers, parents, community members and district administrators—was approved unanimously by the board.

Deputy Superintendent Jason Bullock said the calendar is similar to the past few years. However, changes to note include students starting the school year Aug. 11, one day earlier than the ongoing 2021-22 school year, and teachers starting Aug. 2 instead of Aug.1.

In addition, Election Day on Nov. 7 will be a professional development day and the Monday before will be a holiday for students and staff.

“The committee started working on the calendar back in October ... and taking some input from the campuses and asking those parents to ask their friends what they think, we came to some decisions,” Bullock said. “The committee has recommended the calendar that we presented at the board Monday night on a unanimous vote after we worked through all of the decision points.”

The committee decided on March 13-17 for spring break, which will line up with other school district's spring breaks, such as Tomball ISD, Katy ISD, The University of Texas and Texas A&M, Bullock said. Other holiday changes include giving students a break during the longest stretch of the year in February, according to Bullock.

“One of the changes for the calendar this year is we have an early release day at the end of each nine weeks, which will give us time for professional development for teachers and also give kids a break,” Bullock said.

There will be three more early release days than the ongoing school year, including a Friday early release before the President’s Day holiday Feb. 20, according to Bullock.

Additionally, Columbus Day was added as a holiday for the 2022-23 school year, according to the calendar.