The state has approved an early start for the 2019-20 school year.

Verona Area School District officials earlier this year requested an Aug. 23 start date to provide more time for renovating existing buildings the following summer for new configurations.

The K-Wing will be converted to house K-5 charter school students beginning in fall 2020, when the high school moves to its new building on the west side of Verona, and several schools will be moved in the process. Sugar Creek will move to the existing Badger Ridge Middle School building; New Century and Verona Area International School will move to the K-Wing, and Badger Ridge and will move to the existing high school, likely with Core Knowledge’s K-8 program.

The plan is to end the school year May 29, though snow days could have an effect.

Starting any school year in Wisconsin requires a waiver from the state Department of Public Instruction, and part of the application process is providing an opportunity for public feedback.

DPI had approved a similar waiver request for the Mount Horeb Area School District for this school year to allow time for referendum construction next summer, so district officials were confident.

On Nov. 30, the district sent an email to parents advising them DPI had approved the move.

The 2020-21 calendar is normal, the email said, and it included a link to both years’ calendars on the website.

— Jim Ferolie