Growing enrollment numbers, flood recovery and brutal winters... have all impacted the length of the school year in Minot.
While the many schools in the surrounding areas wrapped up the school year days ago, Minot schools just finished up today.
Washington Elementary held its fifth grade graduation this morning.
About 60 students will be moving on to middle school.
Meanwhile, we talked with the principal and a teacher at Washington about the later-than- usual end date for school this year.
(Kendo Carlson, Principle at Washington Elementary) "Well we actually started school a little later and went longer so that we could get people in to the buildings that were getting built. For Ramstad, to give that a little more time for construction and also the remodels on Lewis and Clark and Longfellow. So that's why we went a little bit later in the school year."
(Chelsie Myers, Fifth Grade Teacher) "So it's been a stretch, it's been a little more difficult to make our last days have instructional purposes. Rather than them being lost in the mess of the last days and actually getting some key instructional time... because they're ready to be done."
Prinicipal Carlson says another reason school year was a bit longer this year was longer-than- average holiday breaks.