First Day of School Is Almost Here

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It's finally happening! The kids are going back to school. 

For parents, it's getting back into routine. It's NOT hearing kids complain about being bored... after they slept in til noon. It also means things like car line, sloooooow school zones and extra patrols, and running kids around town to all the activities. 

So you take the good with the bad. 

And once again, school generally starts too early. I'm with tourism officials, who tend to appreciate maximizing the summer tourism season. And that's why they and state officials have pushed Baldwin County's school calendar later over the last couple of years. Baldwin County schools will be the last public school district to start classes in our area -- on Monday, August 21st. 

A chance to enjoy summer is one reason I'd prefer a later start. The other part is just my old school (no pun intended) nature, where school always started for me the Tuesday after Labor Day. 

And then there's the air conditioning bill. When my wife went to Murphy High School, there was no AC. So this wasn't an issue. On the other hand, students and teachers sweating in hot classrooms was. But now, even Murphy has AC; but it turns out it's really hot in August, and the first part of September. I think it'd be great to save on the AC, at least a bit, and start school a bit later.

Rant over, here are the first day of classes for our regional public school districts:

  • Mobile County                Tuesday, August 8th
  • Baldwin County               Monday, August 21st
  • Escambia County            Thursday, August 10th
  • Santa Rosa County          Monday, August 14th
  • Chickasaw                       Thursday, August  10th
  • Saraland                          Tuesday, August 8th
  • Satsuma                          Wednesday, August 9th
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