HOUSE BILL NOS. 109 & 34




                  Reported from the Committee on Education March 10, 2003, with recommendation that the House Committee Substitute for House Bill Nos. 109 & 34 Do Pass by Consent.

                                                                                                                                                                         STEPHEN S. DAVIS, Chief Clerk




To repeal section 171.031, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to school-term calendars.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

            Section A. Section 171.031, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 171.031, to read as follows:

            171.031. 1. Each school board shall prepare annually a calendar for the school term, specifying the opening date and providing a minimum term of at least one hundred seventy-four days and one thousand forty-four hours of actual pupil attendance. [The opening date shall not be earlier than the first day of September, except:

            (1) If the first day of September falls on Labor Day or a Saturday or Sunday, the school board in any school district may move the starting day for that term to a subsequent school day;

            (2) In school districts in which schools are in session for twelve months of each calendar year; and

            (3) In school districts in which the school board determines students are needed for agricultural production purposes.]

            2. No school day shall be longer than seven hours except for vocational schools which may adopt an eight-hour day in a metropolitan school district and a school district in a first class county adjacent to a city not within a county.