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There Are Renewed Concerns In The Iowa Great Lakes Over School Start Dates Due To Labor Day Falling Late This Year

Tue 2-11-2020

(Milford)-- School start dates are once again causing concern among tourism officials in the Iowa Great Lakes. The issue is taking on a renewed impetus this year with Labor Day not falling until September 7th...the latest date it can be. That's resulted in the Iowa Great Lakes and Spirit Lake Area Chambers of Commerce, Okoboji Tourism and the Milford Commercial Club drafting a letter to area school officials urging them to start school a little later this year. Lynn Fillenwarth, who operates Fillenwarth Beach Resort, addressed the Okoboji School Board on the matter at their meeting Monday evening...School Start Date Concern 

"Labor Day this year is Monday, September 7th. If the schools in Dickinson county set the school start date the week of August 24th, this would mean the first day of school could be a full two weeks before Labor Day. This potentially would have a very real impact on our local economy and area businesses. The board of directors of the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce, the Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce, along with the Okoboji Tourism Committee and the Milford Commercial Club would like to encourage you to consider a start date in the week of August 31 to September 4th for the 2020-2021 school year."

Fillenwarth added her business and others in the Iowa Great Lakes rely heavily on school kids to help supplement their workforce during the busy summer months.

The Okoboji School Board was scheduled to adopt the calendar for the upcoming school year Monday evening but decided to table the matter to their March meeting to further review the issue and look at possible options.