School board reluctantly OKs new calendar

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

EASLEY — The Pickens County School Board unanimously but reluctantly approved the 2019-20 school calendar this week, which will see students report Aug. 19 and break for summer on June 3.

Trustees expressed reluctance due to the uniform start date passed by the state legislature several years ago, which requires the start of school no earlier than the third Monday in August. Educators hope for more flexibility on when to start the school year in the state’s proposed education reform bill.

“It’s unfortunate we’re in this position, and I’ve gotten feedback from folks that they need creativity,” said trustee Phillip Bowers, who

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