The Magnolia ISD board of trustees approved the district’s academic calendar for the upcoming 2023-24 school year at its Feb. 13 meeting with the first day of school for students being Aug. 9.

The calendar was created by a committee of parents and teachers and was approved by the board 7-1, with Trustee Jay Michals opposing the motion.

Deputy Superintendent Jason Bullock said the first day for teachers will be Aug. 1, a day earlier than in the 2022-23 school year.

The biggest difference between the 2023-24 calendar compared to previous years is that the calendar includes a week-long fall break in October to match other districts and improve teacher retention rates, according to Bullock.

"I want to applaud the committee," Trustee Dacia Owens said. "I think this is a great answer to attracting and keeping great talent."

Bullock to execute this longer fall break, the calendar will add five minutes to the school day and set aside three days for bad weather.

Therefore, according to Executive Director of Communications Denise Meyers, dismissal for high school and junior high students will be at 2:30 p.m.; intermediate students will be dismissed at 3:15 p.m.; and elementary students will be dismissed at 3:45 p.m.

Similar to the calendar for the ongoing 2022-23 school year, Election Day on Nov. 7 will be a professional development day as well as Nov. 8. Columbus Day will not be observed as a holiday, however.

The last day of school for students is May 24 before the Memorial Day weekend, according to the approved calendar.