Oologah School Board members approved changes to the school calendar Monday night.
The start date for the 2013-2014 school year has been moved forward about one week. Classes will now start on August 20.
“We adjusted the calendar to take advantage of more state funding options,” superintendent Rob Armstrong said.
The new calendar has five built in snow days instead of seven. Armstrong said they also added two early release days for students.
Professional development days were also adjusted. Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day were previously holidays for students and staff. Those holidays will now be used for professional development.
The board voted to allow middle school students to participate in athletics during one hour of the school day. Armstrong said middle school students had previously been allowed to use one hour for athletics until the district changed to the trimester system several years ago. Oologah no longer uses the trimester system.