Breaks over. Grab the new school supplies. Set the alarm earlier than you probably have since May. Get out the new wardrobe.
Schools coming and heres what you need to know:
When does school start?
- Tuesday for the Nampa School District.
- Thursday for schools in the Caldwell and Kuna districts.
- Aug. 27 for Boise and Meridian school districts.
Slow it down, Buster
All those reduced speed zones around schools will be back in force. That typically means 20 mph. And in Boise, the police department means business. They will be out in force making sure youre light on the accelerator. And if you get pulled over, dont bother begging for mercy. Police say theyll issue no warnings. Just a ticket for $156, about the same as elsewhere in the Treasure Valley.
Boise handed out 44 tickets for speeding in school zones last school year.
In Nampa, police are warming up for traffic problems by pulling over drivers who arent yielding to pedestrians around schools, even though classes arent in session yet. They want to make sure drivers know to play it safe.
One more thing about tickets: If you pass a school bus with its red stop sign extended, it will cost you $270, for example, in Meridian.
Whats new this year?
Two words: Common Core.
Idaho has embarked on a tougher curriculum this school year for students. It requires critical thinking and deeper study of subjects than in the past. Students will see more word problems in their math assignments and fewer drill-and-kill sheets. Many will also be piloting new and more rigorous achievement tests.
How are Nampa schools doing?
Nampa School District weathered a tough financial year, with revelations of a $5 million deficit and budget cuts. When schools open this year, 23 percent of the districts teachers will be new and about half of those will be new to the profession.
Nampas school year will be cut by 14 days, five of them days when students would have been in the classrooms. School starts a day later than originally planned and will end about a week sooner.
Bill Roberts: 377-6408, Twitter: @IDS_BillRoberts