A shortened first quarter will greet Amherst Schools students next year as the board of education conducts an experiment.
Usually 90 days long, the period will be cropped to 85 in 2016. Five days will be added to the second quarter.
The move, according to district superintendent Steven Sayers, is meant to balance out testing days and snow days that usually cut into classroom learning time in winter months.
The change will also allow students to finish the first quarter prior to Christmas break, which means exams won’t linger until after the new year.
School board reps adopted the change as part of the full 2016-2017 calendar.
The year will run from the first day on Wednesday, Aug. 17 to the last on Thursday, May 25. Kindergarten will begin Monday, Aug. 22 and preschool will start Tuesday, Aug. 24.