It may still feel like summer outside, but students in Bourne will be hitting the books again in less than two weeks.
For most Bourne students, the first day of school is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27.
Kindergarten students will start a day later on Wednesday, August 28 and preschool students will start on Tuesday, September 3.
This school year will mark some significant changes for the district. Most significantly, students will be attending grade span schools this year.
The Bourne Intermediate School will be opening this year, replacing the James F. Peebles Elementary School. When the school year opens, students in preschool through 2nd grade will attend Bournedale Elementary School, 3rd through 5th graders will attend the intermediate school, 6th through 8th graders will go to Bourne Middle School, and 9th through 12th graders will be at Bourne High School.
Bournedale and the intermediate school have a start time of 9 AM and a dismissal time of 3 PM. The middle school starts at 8 AM and ends at 2:22 PM. The high school starts at 7:15 AM and ends at 1:42 PM.
Also new for the district will be full-day kindergarten offered at no cost to families. Kindergarten tuition used to bring in $90,000 for the district.
In order to accommodate professional development for teachers while minimizing the number of half days scheduled throughout the year, every other Wednesday will be an early release day in the schools this year. Students will be released one hour early on these days, rather than having a half day.
The district also will have new leadership this year with the Bourne School Committee hiring Perry Davis as the interim superintendent. Dr. Davis officially started with the district on August 1 and will lead the schools while the school board looks for a permanent superintendent. Dr. Davis is taking over for Steven Lamarche, who left the district for the superintendency in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District.