Mankato School Board approves project near Prairie Winds Middle School, shifts start date for fall

Mankato School Board approves project near Prairie Winds Middle School, shifts start date for fall

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — A project approved by the Mankato Area Public School Board hopes to reduce congestion near Prairie Winds Middle School.

It’s one of three projects totaling around $411,000 approved at Monday’s meeting.

Other approved projects include repairs to the storm sewer at Mankato West High School and playground improvements at Bridges Community School.

At Prairie Winds, crews will be constructing a new entrance drive to provide additional storage for vehicles during student drop-off and pick-up times.

The school district also approved a shift to the start date for the next school year, moving it from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8. The change is meant to show respect for those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, on Sept. 7.

“It’s a unique circumstance this year, we don’t typically take that day off in observance of Rosh Hashanah but because it falls on that first day of school we felt it was important to do that as we see a number of our other schools in the state of Minnesota making that decision as well,” explained Travis Olson, director of teaching and learning at Mankato Area Public Schools.

To make up for that day, the district will have classes the Monday after Easter on April 18.

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