In the wake of the October blizzard. The Rapid City school district is extending the school year. That means the last day of school is now May 28th, after the Memorial Day Holiday.
Holly Riker is worried her children will not benefit from the three day extension of the school year. "I wish that they would reconsider and add those days in on the early release days during the school year."
Superintendent of Rapid City Schools Dr. Timothy Mitchell says the early release days are off limits. "That day is already counted as school day work day for teachers adding instruction time adds instruction time but it doesn't actually add to the teacher's contract as time with children.
There is always a challenge keeping students focused during the last week of school no matter when it is. Dr. Mitchell says "there's still going to be that last day of school year, whether there the last day we've identified now or identified last days we've identified before.
While parents and school officials continue to discuss the matter, a few Central High School freshmen don't seem to mind a few extra days of school. Shayla Houchin says "I didn't really like it but I guess school is school"
Taylor Hautala says "I kind of don't like it but I guess it's alright"
Kali McCollom says "I mean it's not that bad it's only a few days"
Just a few extra days students say but for Holly Riker and her family it is much more. "It's just a penalty against them if they were going to miss those days if we planning to leave or the families that had other activities going on after memorial day" Riker says.
Teachers will work one more day after school ends on May 28th. School still ends in May as to not interrupt June summer vacation.